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New all-through primary school officially opened

The new College Town Primary School was officially opened on Friday, 23 November, following the amalgamation of College Town Infant and Junior schools.

The amalgamation of the two schools was approved earlier this year after more than 70% of respondents agreed with the plan to join the two schools to benefit pupils’ education. The new school opened to pupils on 4 September and since then the benefits are already being seen.

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 to celebrate the official opening of College Town Primary School and it is great to see the impact the new educational environment is having on both the children and staff. We wish the school all the best for the current and future learners.”

Trudi Sammons, headteacher of College Town Primary School said:

“The benefits of being a single primary school are already recognised by children and staff. We have a firm basis for continued further improvement and an exciting future”.