Fresh start for Danesholme school pupils

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Another Corby school has joined the Greenwood Academies Trust.

Danesholme Infants officially became Danesholme Infant Academy this week - and its pupils are now sporting the distinctive purple uniform.

Special guests Wayne Norrie, trust chief executive, and David Shelton, chair of the trust board were in school for a special assembly to mark the occasion.

They unveiled a plaque and planted a crab apple tree with purple leaves at the entrance to the school.

The academy chain now has 31 schools under its umbrella.

Danesholme Infant Academy, which caters for up to 330 pupils aged four to seven, is operating from the existing building of the former infant school under the leadership of new Principal, Sue Roy.

Wayne, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Danesholme Infant Academy into our group. We are 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 work already in place at the school in order to further raise achievement for children in Corby.

“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 primary academies.”

The Trust stepped in after Danesholme Infants was described as inadequate by Ofsted inspectors when they visited in April.

David Shelton told children at the assembly: “It was said your school was failing. But children don’t fail - it’s the system that fails you.

“With help from the staff, we’re going to make ourselves even more incredible.”