Pupils, parents and staff to celebrate Corby junior school becoming an academy next week

Danesholme Junior School is becoming an academy
Danesholme Junior School is becoming an academy

Pupils and parents will enjoy afternoon tea as part of celebrations to mark a new era at a junior school in Corby.

Danesholme Junior Academy will celebrate its conversion from a foundation junior school to an academy sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) at a special event on Thursday, September 10.

We will continue the work already in place at the school in order to further raise achievement for children in Corby

Sir Barry Day

Sir Barry Day, OBE, chief executive of the GDFT, will attend the assembly and formally welcome pupils and staff to the trust before unveiling a plaque and having afternoon tea with pupils and parents.

The academy, which caters for 375 pupils aged seven to 11, is operating from the existing building of the former junior school under the leadership of principal Karen Rolf.

Wayne Norrie, executive principal, will monitor the progress of the new academy to ensure the highest quality of operation.

Sir Barry Day said: “We are delighted to welcome the Danesholme Junior 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 21 primary academies.”

While Danesholme Junior Academy will work closely with many academies within the trust, it will work particularly closely with the other nine GDFT academies in Northamptonshire.

The opening of academy takes the total number of open academies sponsored by the GDFT to 30.

The GDFT now has 10 academies in the Corby and Northampton area.

They are Corby Primary Academy, Danesholme Junior Academy, Hazel Leys Primary Academy, Green Oaks Primary Academy, Kingswood Primary Academy, Kingswood Secondary Academy, Rushden Primary Academy, Sunnyside Primary Academy, Weston Favell Academy and Woodvale Primary Academy.

To find out more about the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, visit www.greenwoodacademies.org or follow @GreenwoodAcad on Twitter.