New academy school to hold special ceremony

Robsack Wood School, St Leonards. 24/9/13 ENGSUS00120130924122425
Robsack Wood School, St Leonards. 24/9/13 ENGSUS00120130924122425

A primary school was today (Friday) due to hold celebrations to mark its transition to an academy.

Robsack Wood Community Primary School became Robsack Wood Primary Academy on September 1 along with Churchwood and Hollington Primary schools.

All three will be part of the Hastings Academies Trust, with the University of Brighton as its lead sponsor.

Robsack Wood aim to mark the transition when children, their parents and guardians, join teachers and staff today for an official launch.

The school’s new associate principal, Caroline Thayre, said: “We are delighted that Robsack Wood is converting to an academy.

“Children will be at the forefront of developing an exciting curriculum which engages and motivates them to achieve well.

“We look forward to working with the trust to improve educational provision in the local area.”

The celebration, at the school in St Leonards, will be open to parents, guardians and members of the local community from 2.15pm and will feature a variety of activities for all ages.

The morning celebration launch will see all the children participate in an aerial photograph to commemorate the occasion.

Robsack Wood’s governing body consulted with parents, staff and stakeholders before applying for academy status.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of the Hastings Academies Trust, and Elizabeth Simpson, chairman of the school governors, in a joint statement, said: “Our vision is to achieve outstanding status under the current Ofsted framework, building on the school’s substantial successes to date.

“We have ambitious plans to achieve this and our new leadership team will play a key role in planning and executing our strategy.

“This is as well as contributing to the broader work of the trust, whilst working closely with its other academy principals.

“We are developing a unique improvement model.

“This will provide our academy with effective challenge and support, building on the substantial resources of the University of Brighton’s School of Education - the largest in the southeast of England and judged to be outstanding by Ofsted on four occasions.”