Staff and pupils at Rockingham Primary School, Corby, celebrated its new academy status with a tree-planting ceremony.
The school in Rockingham Road has joined the David Ross Education Trust, which sponsors a number of academies across Northamptonshire, including Lodge Park Academy in the town.
Pupils wrote about their aspirations which were recorded onto leaves and put together to make a school mural and a tree was planted by Corby deputy mayor Anthony Dady to mark the school’s new status.
Headteacher Billy Taylor said; “The trees are symbolic of the growth that our pupils at Rockingham achieve. It was a fantastic day and great to see such a buzz about the school. The children really enjoyed thinking about their futures and being involved in the celebrations. What a way to begin our new journey as an academy.”
At the end of the day of celebrations parents and carers were invited to watch pupils take part in a balloon launch.
Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust, said; “We are delighted to welcome Rockingham to the trust. It has been a fantastic day and I hope each and every pupil has been inspired to reach their full potential.
“We work hard to broaden the horizons of the pupils within our academies, and there will be lots of exciting opportunities for Rockingham in the coming months. Becoming an academy has generated a great sense of positivity and I am excited to see what the future will hold for its pupils.”