There was a musical fanfare for presenter, writer and broadcaster, Clare Balding, as she officially opened a new classroom block at The Elms Junior School and Nursery.
Clare cut the ribbon on ‘The Hub’ – three Junior School classrooms – at the Long Eaton school, and was presented with flowers and some walking boots before chatting to Elms pupils and staff inside the new facility.
Earlier the award-winning frontwoman, who is currently presenting the BBC’s Today at Wimbledon coverage, had hosted an author talk for almost 500 children from eight local schools at The Elms’ senior school, Trent College.
Clare discussed and read extracts from and signed copies of her children’s book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, as she inspired the schoolchildren to enjoy reading whilst also talking about her own life as an author and broadcaster.
The Elms’ new Hub was built by Newark-based Carmalor Construction. Mr Keith Morrow, Head Master at The Elms, explained the difference it will make.
He said: “It was a real delight to have Clare open our new Hub and to see all the children so excited to meet and chat to her. This facility has enabled us to create separate Infant and Junior hubs within The Elms Lower and Upper school respectively, to better support teaching and learning through Key Stages 1 and 2.
“Our aim is to consistently provide the most inspirational learning environments for pupils by creating attractive, well-resourced facilities where they want to be. By creating and upgrading buildings The Elms is being future-proofed in line with the overall strategic aims of the school.”
More than 180 people later attended An Evening with Clare Balding, hosted in Trent College’s Obolensky Dining Hall, with proceeds going to her chosen charity, the Brixton-based Ebony Horse Club, which uses horses to raise the aspirations, life skills, education and wellbeing of young riders in London.
Clare won the BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. She has worked on six Olympics, five Paralympics and four Winter Olympics, and has presented racing for the BBC and Channel 4.
Her best-selling, My Animals and Other Family, won biography of the year at the 2012 National Book Awards. The Racehorse Who Disappeared, the sequel to The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, will be published by Puffin on 21 September.
Situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, The Elms and Trent College, are flourishing, forward-thinking schools that strive to prepare boys and girls for futures that lie in their imaginations. Pupils are integrated into vibrant communities and develop the skills, confidence and resilience to thrive as exceptional young people and into adulthood. For more information visit www.elmsschool.net