Southway Primary School today welcomed back pupils and staff for the first day of the academic year in its new incarnation as an academy.
The academy is now part of United Learning and is located on the same campus as The Regis School which joined United Learning in January this year. United Learning was chosen by the governors of the school from a wide range of possible sponsors.
As an academy, the name and uniform will remain the same. However, the school will now have far greater freedom to develop a creative, dynamic and innovative curriculum. Southway also plans to introduce new initiatives aimed at further raising educational standards. The school is hoping to develop its already highly skilled teaching team through with the addition of number of specialist teachers in areas such as modern foreign languages, ICT, music, dance and PE.
Matthew Westgarth, Head Teacher of the primary academy, said:
“We are 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 the UK.
Welcoming Southway Primary School into United Learning, Chief Executive Jon Coles, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Southway Primary School into United Learning. Southway joins a growing number of primary schools in our group and we look forward to working with Matthew Westgarth, his colleagues, governors and pupils and their families.
“Over the summer we have seen some excellent improvement from United Learning academies in West Sussex and we are particularly pleased that we now have a primary school alongside The Regis School, Shoreham Academy and Midhurst Rother College”.