Celebration of academy status

A school will mark an important step in its history with a special assembly tomorrow.

Parents will join their children and teachers at Kingswood Community Primary School as it marks its conversion to an academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT).

The day will start with a big family breakfast which will be followed by a celebration assembly during which the chief executive of GDFT, Barry Day, will formally welcome pupils and staff to the trust.

A tree, which links to the name of the former school and the new academy, will be planted in the grounds to commemorate the opening.

The academy will be based in the same building as the previous school and its principal will be Wendy Gordon, who was the headteacher. She said: “We are delighted to have joined the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust.

“The conversion from a community primary school to an academy marks a new beginning for us. We came out of special measures nearly a year ago in June 2012 and I believe that with the support of the trust, we can continue to make rapid progress and improve our Key Stage 2 test results.

“The trust will support us to build on the success we have already achieved and give additional capacity in those areas where we need to develop.”

Mr Day said: “We are delighted to welcome Kingswood into our group of academies.

“Our trust is committed to the highest of standards and we expect outstanding levels of achievement in all areas of the academic and personal development of pupils.

“We will continue the excellent work already in place at the school in order to further raise achievement for children in the Kingswood area.

“The academy will receive bespoke support from the trust’s primary consultants and will be able to benefit from the best practice developed by our other nine primary academies.”

The new academy is for pupils aged from three to 11 years old and can cater for up to 250 children.