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High Hazels Academy celebrates new beginnings

Pupils take part in pledge ceremony, tree planting and tea party

High Hazels Academy has welcomed the local community for a special Foundation Day ceremony that formally celebrated its opening and set out its vision for the future.

The Darnall primary school became an academy in January, replacing a partnership between Greenlands Nursery Infant School and Greenlands Junior School. It also joined United Learning – a group of academies and independent schools including nearby Sheffield Park Academy. The name High Hazels Academy was chosen by pupils and parents to reflect the popular local Victorian Park.

The afternoon began with a formal Foundation Day ceremony for the whole school and its guests, with children putting on a number of exciting performances. A Bollywood dance piece and the school choir’s rendition of their favourite song – ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen – were particular highlights.

Representatives of the school’s pupils, staff, parents and governors each signed a pledge in which they committed to support the school to achieve its aims. The pupils’ pledge was signed by Athiyah Choudhury. It read:

‘We promise to make High Hazels Academy an outstanding school. We will work together to take advantage of every opportunity offered to us by our exciting and diverse school community. We pledge to make our school a collaborative place of learning where we are all respectful, responsible, ambitious, creative, determined and resilient.’

After the ceremony, pupils marked the start of the school’s new era by helping to plant a Hazel tree in the grounds. The celebrations then culminated in a giant tea party; with guests unanimous in their praise of High Hazels children.

Lesley Dolben, Executive Headteacher of High Hazels Academy, said:

'What a marvellous day! This is a school very much built on partnership, so it is appropriate that we have welcomed so many members of our local community and of United Learning today. With their support we look forward to delivering on the huge potential of High Hazels to become an outstanding school.'

Darran Lee, Director of Primary Education at United Learning, said:

'Today was a great way to formally welcome High Hazels into our group. We are very excited to be working with the school as it continues to develop and look forward to offering our support wherever it is needed.'

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