Today Corngreaves Academy held a special Launch Day and Pledge Ceremony for its pupils and staff to celebrate its transition to academy status and to set out its vision for the future.
The Cradley Heath primary school became an academy in June and joined United Learning – a group of academies and independent schools.
The day began with pupils participating in the primary academy’s Children’s University as part of which staff and parents ran a series of aspirational workshops. Pupils had a chance to learn veterinary science, textiles, engineering, hone their creative and performing arts skills and participate in some home economics lessons.
Following this, all of the school’s pupils attended a graduation ceremony to mark their participation in the Children’s University. Wearing mortar boards and graduation gowns, the pupils collected graduation certificates in front of their peers.
At lunchtime, the pupils were joined by members from the local community including local business leaders and past alumni.
In the afternoon, an official ceremony was held to celebrate the school’s achievements and to mark its recent transition to academy status. The ceremony began with a rousing fanfare welcome performed by the school band. This was followed by a welcome from Head Teacher Michelle Green who said:
'The event signifies the partnership between United Learning and Corngreaves. Corngreaves has a deservedly high reputation for the academic achievement of its pupils and we hope that by becoming part of United Learning, Corngreaves Academy will continue to go from strength to strength.'
The highlight of the ceremony was a pledge-signing. Representatives of the pupils, staff, parents, governors, the local community 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 1 pupil, Marcus Gali, read:
‘We promise to continue to set ourselves high standards and to keep working until we get there. We promise to work hard with our teachers to continue to develop our resilience, self-belief and ambition so that we are prepared in the best possible way to go out and conquer the world that does not yet exist for us. We are the future and we promise to grasp every opportunity to make it the best it can be.’
With the choir singing ‘You raise me up’, the following people signed pledges to support the school:
- Mrs Jo Beckley on behalf of parents and carers;
- Miss Michelle Green on behalf of staff;
- Mr Jon Coles on behalf of United Learning;
- Ms Kate Antil on behalf of the school’s Governors;
- Carly Balis – the school’s Police Community Support Officer – on behalf of the local community.
United Learning’s Group Chief Executive, Jon Coles, then spoke about the Group’s hopes for the academy. He said:
'Today is a great opportunity to welcome Corngreaves Academy formally into United Learning. There is some exceptional work taking place in the school and we look forward to working alongside the pupils and staff of Corngreaves Academy as they constantly strive to reach even greater heights.'