New name for merged school

This group of parents are against the new school name, including Lorraine Dance, Emma Davies, Serena James and Julie Burgess, front
This group of parents are against the new school name, including Lorraine Dance, Emma Davies, Serena James and Julie Burgess, front

A headteacher has defended the new name chosen for two schools which are set to be merged later this year.

When Oakway infants and Oakway junior schools in Wellingborough merge in September the new school will be called Diamond Learning Community. The name was selected by parents through a vote.

But some of the parents whose children attend the school say they are not happy with it.

Julie Burgess, who has a child at the school, said: “It has been Oakway for 43 years. It should stay that way.”

Marian Lamont said: “I have been doing that school run for 33 years. I had five children go there and I’ve got eight grandchildren there now. I think it should stay as Oakway.”

Concerns were also raised about the cost of replacing uniforms.

Headteacher Cheryl Buckle said she would be happy to speak to any disgruntled parents.

She said the only item of the uniform which would change was the jumper, and each child would receive a free jumper from the school in September.

She said: “We haven’t yet informed parents of a timeline about the changes and when it’s going to happen.

“We fully consulted with parents on the name. We followed due process and we had a really good response from parents.

“We are bringing together four organisations, including a nursery and a children’s centre where we have babies and adult learners, so we were trying to create a name that would be inclusive.”