Primary Academy Signs Pledges for a Bright Future
Grange Primary Academy today held a special Launch Day and Pledge Ceremony for pupils and staff to celebrate its transition to academy status and set out its vision for the future.
The Kettering primary school became an academy when it joined the Group in August.
The day began with a special Pledge Ceremony which was attended by the whole school. Representatives of the school’s pupils, staff, parents, governors and the local community each signed a pledge in which they committed to support the school to achieve its aims. Year 6 pupil Chloe Anderson signed the Pupils’ Pledge which read:
‘We promise to work hard to make Grange Primary Academy become an outstanding school. We promise to follow the values of the school and be polite, responsible, safe and respectful and show positive learning behaviours at all times. We will take advantage of every exciting learning opportunity offered to us and celebrate in our success of learning.’
Head Teacher Neil Aiken made a short speech to open the Pledge Ceremony which included a musical performance by pupils. Mr Aiken said:
“This Launch Day and Pledge Ceremony mark the start of a bright new future for Grange Primary Academy. There is huge potential for progress here and, with the support of United Learning, I am sure that we can build on this to encourage both pupils and staff to achieve to the very best of their ability.”
The theme of the day was, ‘pushing the boundaries’ and Bonita Norris, who became the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest aged just 22, told pupils of her achievement of reaching its peak. In keeping with the theme, the school hired a climbing wall which pupils tackled after the Pledge Ceremony and throughout the afternoon. The Mayor of Kettering was in attendance and parents were also invited to have a go on the climbing wall, chat with their children’s teachers and look around the school.
Speaking about United Learning’s hopes for the school, Group Chief Executive Jon Coles said:
"What an exciting way to welcome Grange Primary Academy formally into United Learning! Anyone visiting this school can see the determination of pupils and staff to succeed and I have seen a lot of talent on show today. We are very pleased to be working with the school and look forward to offering our support wherever it is needed."