There was a party atmosphere in South Witham last Wednesday when the primary school celebrated its new partnership with the Brooke Hill Academy Trust.
Now called the South Witham Academy, it is joined with Oakham schools Brooke Hill Academy and Edith Weston Academy as part of the Brooke Hill Academy Trust.
To mark the new venture, the doors were thrown open to parents, families and the local community. The new school logo was made a focus of the day – pupils were given new sweatshirts featuring the logo to wear, the school cook made a cake in the shape of it and every child received a cupcake decorated with the design.
Meanwhile, Mayor of Grantham Linda Wootten was asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the school under its new identity, and went on to visit classrooms and take part in a special assembly.
Executive headteacher of the trust Sharon Milner said: “The children had written poems to commemorate the special occasion and their excellent singing impressed everyone present. As the ribbon was cut, the children released personalised balloons into the sky. The occasion was throughly enjoyed by all of our children as their smiles showed!”
South Witham began working with the Brooke Hill Academy Trust in September and Mrs Milner said clear benefits for the school community are already clear. Resources and staff expertise are being shared, children are working together on projects and enjoying visits between partner schools. Key Stage 1 pupils swim at Edith Weston each week, while joint art, sport, music and science activities are in the pipeline.
Mrs Milner said: “By becoming part of the multi academy trust, the opportunities have increased for all pupils and this is already reflected in improved standards and a positive learning environment throughout the school.”
Anna O’Shaughnessy has been appointed as head of school, supported by Mrs Milner and a governing body.