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New all-through primary school welcomes pupils through the doors

The new College Town Primary School welcomed pupils through the doors yesterday (Tuesday 4 September), following the amalgamation of College Town Infant and Junior schools.

The amalgamation of the 2 schools was approved earlier this year after more than 70% of respondents agreed with the plan to join the 2 schools to benefit pupils’ education.

The benefits of joining the schools to provide education for 3 to 11 year olds in one place include:

  • enabling better continuity of education and progression for pupils – specifically children moving from Year 2 to Year 3
  • providing more stability for pupils and avoiding the need for children to change schools at a young age
  • enhancing the safeguarding needs of all pupils
  • providing the chance to achieve higher educational outcomes
  • providing better opportunities to develop the curriculum
  • better use of teachers and non-teaching staff and increasing the range, experience and expertise of staff
  • better enabling the recruitment and retention of staff, including the headteacher
  • providing better value for money by cutting duplication of resources and staff

Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said:

“I’m delighted that College Town Primary School has now opened and would like to wish the children and school staff all the best for a happy and productive first term”.

Trudi Sammons, headteacher of College Town Primary School said:

“The school has had a wonderful facelift over the summer which has provided enhanced facilities for both pupils and staff. All staff, both new and old, are extremely eager to welcome the children to the new primary school. It is without doubt a fantastic opportunity for all.”