St Mary's Preschool - Our new neighbours

6th September 2017

St Mary’s pre-school today opened its doors for the first time to its new home at Cherry Tree Primary School in Lymm.

18 children aged between 2 and 4 were excited to explore their new indoor classroom and outdoor playground this morning, including the mud kitchen, pirate ship and reading area. A community project, started at the beginning of the year, resulted in the pre-school taking up residence in the mobile classroom at Cherry Tree Primary school. The move means the pre-school now has newer, purpose-built facilities, in the grounds of an Ofsted-rated outstanding school, where many of the pre-school children will hope to attend in future. 

The project has required a significant community effort to make it possible. Promise auctions, ‘sponsor a fence panel’ events and BBQs helped to raise enough funds to make the move. The hard work and dedication of a small group of pre-school parents has seen all the resources relocated and a new outdoor playground built in time for the start of the new school year, whilst school governors prioritised and drove the project to ensure the pre-school was able to open in September. 

We are delighted to welcome the pre-school to Cherry Tree. It’s been an ambition of ours for some time, and we are very pleased that it has come to fruition. As a registered charity, with many of their pre-school children already moving on to Cherry Tree, partnering with St Mary’s as a community outreach project was the right way forward. While our mobile classroom was a great starting point, we couldn’t have done it without the support and hard work of our governors, many local suppliers and the local and school community, including parents, who have donated time and resources to help us create the best possible facilities. We would like to thank them all whole heartedly for their support and hard work.

Paul Baines Flooring Solutions, the Dulux Paint Centre in Warrington, D Jolley Building Contractors, Travis Perkins in Lymm and Appleton, JTF ,and Taylor Wimpey are among the suppliers who donated materials and time to the project in recognition for the support they get themselves from the local community while also wanting to be part of such a worthwhile project.  

I would like to thank the many parents who supported the ‘sponsor a fence panel’ fundraising event that was held earlier in the year. Temporary fencing is currently in place and the permanent fencing will be installed over the coming weeks. A plaque will also be put up recognising all those that ‘sponsored a fence panel’.

Having a pre-school on site means we can work even more closely together to prepare children for primary school, giving them the best start possible as they enter school life. In such challenging financial times, we are very lucky to have such a supportive community and group of parents, which make projects like this possible. “


This is a very positive move for the pre-school. They have extended their opening hours to fit in with school hours, which helps working parents.


For further information about St Mary’s pre-school please contact Rosie Knowles, Pre-School leader, on 07947 692 003 or email


We wish the children and staff every success for a happy and successful future on our site and look forward to developing closer links with the pre-school.