Primary Academy Signs Pledges for a Bright Future
Yesterday Beacon View Primary Academy held a special Pledge Day for its pupils and staff to celebrate its transition to academy status and set out its vision for the future.
The Portsmouth primary school, which was previously known as Paulsgrove Primary School, became an academy in January and joined United Learning – a group of over 30 academies and independent schools.
To signal a new start for the school, pupils, staff and parents decided to rename the school and chose to call it ‘Beacon View Primary Academy’. The name reflects how the school looks out on to Portsdown Hill where beacons have been lit to celebrate and communicate with other areas of the country for many years. Most recently, a beacon was lit at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year.
To mark the day, the academy invited members of the local community who have a close association with the academy. Guests included:
Members of the Local Governing Body;
Volunteers who come into the academy to help pupils with their reading;
The academy’s lollipop man;
IT technicians; Lunchtime supervisors.
The guests were treated to a spectacular dance performance given by over 40 pupils. Head Teacher Andrew Olive then explained the significance of the day for pupils and staff:
“Today is about celebrating what is already great at Beacon View and recognising our huge potential for reaching even greater heights. With the support of United Learning, I am confident that we can build on our recent progress and enhance the opportunities available to our pupils and staff.
“I am delighted that so many of those who work with us on a daily basis have been able to join us today. They are integral members of our academy community and it is a pleasure to be able to welcome them to our pledge-signing.”
The highlight of the day was a pledge-signing. Representatives of the pupils, staff, parents, governors and United Learning each signed a pledge in which they committed to support the school to achieve its aims. The Pupils’ Pledge, which was signed by Year 5 pupil Holly Blake, read:
“On behalf of the children, we promise to work hard to make Beacon View Primary Academy become an outstanding school. We promise to follow the Learning Values and to be polite, responsible, kind, safe, honest, respectful and good listeners. We know that if we to do this we will be able to take advantage of the great opportunities that are offered to us.”
The academy’s pupils then released 50 balloons which each contained wishes and dreams from every child in the school.
Rob Carpenter, Primary Director of United Learning’s primary schools in the South, said:
“Having worked alongside Andrew Olive and the rest of his staff over the past academic year, I have been struck by the determination and commitment of the whole school community to work together to ensure the academy brings out the best in everyone. The academy has made strong progress in recent years and has laid the right foundations on which to build future successes.”