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Carter Community School Officially Marks Opening as an Academy

Special Foundation Ceremony held to celebrate the school becoming a part of United Learning

Today, Carter Community School, which became an academy in April, held a special Foundation Day for its students, staff and local community to celebrate the transition to academy status and to set out its vision and ambition for the future.

The Foundation Day celebrated the school’s achievements to date and marked the school’s commitment to working with all its stakeholders – students, parents, staff, governors, United Learning and the local community.

The ceremony began with a welcome from Cary Wicks, Chair of the academy’s Local Governing Body. Ms Wicks welcomed guests from across the local community including:

  • Mrs Victoria McDonaugh DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset
  • Phil Eades, Mayor of Poole
  • Major Andy Mason, Commanding Officer, RM Poole
  • Nicola Keynes – Children, Young People and Learning, Borough of Poole,
  • Local Head Teachers

This was followed by the academy’s Principal, Robert Davies who said:

‘We are delighted to welcome so many members of our local community to celebrate with us today. We have ambitious plans for Carter Community School and we are determined to make sure these plans become a reality. We cannot, however, achieve this in isolation; it is through partnership, collaboration and support that we will be successful and so it is heartening that so many members of our local community and United Learning have joined us today.

‘Carter Community School has come a long way in recent years but now as a United Learning academy, we can accelerate the progress which is underway and ensure the school becomes a place we are all immensely proud of.’

During the ceremony, students gave a number of spectacular performances including:

  • Taiko Drumming;
  • A performance of ‘My Immortal’by Year 11 student Lauren Marlowe;
  • A display by the Rock School Dance Group.

To mark the school’s commitment to working in partnership with all its local stakeholders, representatives of parents, staff, students, governors, the local community and United Learning each signed a pledge in which they committed to support Carter Community School to become an outstanding school.

The student pledge read as follows:

On behalf of the students, we promise to work hard to make Carter Community School become outstanding. We promise to uphold the Carter Commitment and to be ambitious, confident, determined, creative, respectful and enthusiastic. We know that if we do this we will be able to take advantage of the great opportunities that are offered to us.

The community pledge was signed by Mr William Carter – the grandson of Herbert S. Carter after whom the school is named. Mr Carter had been contacted after someone responded to an article in the Bournemouth Echo in which Principal Robert Davies appealed for descendants of the school’s namesake to get in touch.

Edward Gould, Chair – Academies, United Learning, said:

‘We are very pleased to have welcomed Carter Community into United Learning. Today has been an excellent illustration of the school’s commitment to be the very best it can be. The school’s ambition is evident for all to see and we are delighted to be supporting everyone in their journey to become an outstanding school.’

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Posted: Jul 24, 2013,
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