The new Holly Spring Primary School marked its official opening on Monday, 23 September with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was attended by pupils, past and present staff, governors, friends of Holly Spring, a Warfield church representative, the Standards and Effectiveness partner and Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning at Bracknell Forest Council.
Following the amalgamation of Holly Spring Infant and Nursery School and Holly Spring Junior School, the new primary school now offers the same high standard of education to all pupils aged 3 to 11 within the local community. In addition, the school has announced an extension to its nursery provision, bringing it to 30 hours in total.
The plan was approved earlier this year after more than 90% of respondents agreed to join the two schools together. Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said:
“We are delighted to celebrate the official opening of the new Holly Spring Primary School and we are excited for the year ahead”.
Co-chairs of the governing body, Sarah Russell and Helen Durbin, commented:
“It has been an absolute privilege to be part of the joining of these two schools over the last year. We look forward to supporting the staff and new headteacher in providing an excellent and consistent standard of education.”
A new headteacher was successfully recruited in April and has worked closely with the school since her appointment to establish an exciting set of values with the staff, pupils and parents. Mrs Susan Marsh, headteacher, said:
“We look forward to realising our vision of being an inclusive school that broadens aspirations, inspires and develops self-belief.”
Staff and governors of the newly-amalgamated primary school opened the doors to pupils and parents in the Bullbrook community for the autumn term on Thursday, 5 September 2019.