Beacon View Primary Academy today welcomed back its pupils and staff for the first day of term in its new incarnation as an academy.
The primary academy is part of United Learning – a group of 32 academies and independent schools, 17 of which have primary provision. As part of United Learning, the academy will be able to share best practice with schools across the country and staff will benefit from the group’s wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities. Pupils will also have a chance to meet United Learning pupils from across the country and participate in group-wide activities.
As an academy, the school will be able to change its curriculum and introduce new initiatives aimed at raising educational standards further. The school’s uniform remains unchanged and all staff have been able to transfer to the new academy with their existing terms and conditions of employment.
Andrew Olive, Head Teacher of the primary academy, said:
“We are all delighted to have become an academy and to have joined United Learning. Today follows a thorough consultation with staff and parents who, together with the governors, strongly welcome our move to academy status.
“The freedoms we now have will enable us to build on the fantastic progress we have made in recent years and we are confident that, with the support of United Learning, we will very quickly become one of the highest performing primary schools in Portsmouth.”
Welcoming Beacon View Primary Academy into United Learning, Rob Carpenter, Primary Director (South), said:
“I am thrilled to welcome Beacon View Primary Academy into United Learning. The primary academy joins a growing number of primary schools in our group and we look forward to working with Andrew Olive, his colleagues, governors and pupils and their families.”