Academy merges pupils before new school is built

Headteacher Clive Shepherd believes merging the younger pupils will help them adapt.

Headteacher Clive Shepherd believes merging the younger pupils will help them adapt.

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THE Priory Ruskin Academy is taking its first big step towards combining pupils on to one site.

A decision has been made to move the younger pupils from the Queensway school building over to the Manthorpe site, which is to be the location of the brand new build.

Academy headteacher Clive Shepherd said he is pleased to have the backing of parents.

He said: “We decided about a month ago to move the students. The parents have been really supportive because they can see the reasons why we are doing it.

“In 2013 the students will be together anyway, all we are doing is accelerating the process.

“By the time we move into the new building they will have been together for two years, which will be absolutely great.”

The Priory Ruskin Academy secured multi-million pound funding from the Government in January to build a state-of-the-art school on the Manthorpe site, in Rushcliffe Road.

The new build is expected to cost just under £13.5 million, and should be completed by September 2013.

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 at the academy’s Queensway site will soon visit their new school to get used to their surroundings and meet the students they will share classes with.

Mr Shepherd said: “There’s lots going on to bring students together.”

The youngsters will be taking part in various activities together in the coming months, including sponsored walks and trips to France.

l What do you think to plans to merge the lower school years ahead of the move into the new school build in 2013? Is it a great chance for the pupils to get to know one another? E-mail: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk