Welcome to all our new schools
As students and staff return for the new academic year, United Learning is delighted to welcome a number of new schools into the Group.
Two Bournemouth secondary schools – Glenmoor School and Winton Arts and Media College – have joined the Group adding to United Learning’s growing cluster of schools in the Bournemouth area.
Ben Parnell, Executive Principal of Glenmoor and Winton, said:
‘Over the past academic year, we have begun working closely with colleagues across United Learning and we are very excited about what being part of a larger group can do for us. It is particularly pleasing to be linking with other local schools in the Group and with exceptional schools nationally.’
United Learning is also welcoming three primary academies into the Group adding to our growing group of primary schools.
Grange Primary Academy, previously called Grange Community School, in Kettering will work closely with the Group’s two academies in Northamptonshire – Kettering Buccleuch Academy and Northampton Academy. The school’s Head Teacher Neil Aiken said:
‘Everyone is very excited about becoming an academy and joining United Learning. As we begin the new school year, we are very pleased to have our future mapped out for us and we look forward to sharing best practice with other schools in the Group.’
The Victory Primary School becomes the second primary school in Portsmouth to join United Learning after Beacon View Primary Academy joined the Group in January. Jim Hartley, who takes up post as the school’s Headteacher today, said:
‘I am very pleased to be here, welcoming our pupils for the first time and spending time with my new colleagues. Over the past term, I have been a regular visitor to the school getting to know pupils, staff and parents and I am delighted to take up post as the school’s Headteacher.’
United Learning is also pleased to welcome Wilberforce Primary. The primary school is a feeder school to United Learning’s Paddington Academy which has been working closely with the school over the past year. Paddington Academy Principal Oli Tomlinson becomes Wilberforce’s Executive Principal.
Coert van Straaten, Headteacher of Wilberforce Primary, said:
‘We are very pleased to be beginning the academic year as a part of United Learning. The beginning of the year is always an exciting time but this year there is an added buzz about the school.’
This week, United Learning also opened its first free school. Wye School in Kent opened on time, on schedule and with a full cohort of students and staff.
Welcoming students on their first day, Principal Janet Naylor said:
‘As our first cohort of Year 7 students enter the school, it is an historic moment. These children will be the face of Wye School and help to shape its future.
‘For all the team, this has been a very busy summer but it has all been about one thing: creating an outstanding school environment in which all children can thrive, whatever their ability, whatever their background.’
St Ives School in Haslemere also joined the Group this week. The fee-paying girls prep school will work closely with United Learning’s Guildford High and Surbiton High Schools.
Welcoming all the schools into the Group, United Learning Group Chief Executive Jon Coles, said:
‘I am delighted to welcome all the schools into the Group. All the schools have a great deal to offer United Learning and we look forward to sharing our expertise and resources with them and also learning from their experiences.
‘Our vision is to bring out the best in everyone – students, staff, parents and the wider community. It is therefore a particular pleasure to be joined by schools that already share that vision.’