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Burton End Primary celebrates becoming an academy

Wednesday, 5th November 2014.

Pupils, parents, staff and governors are celebrating this week, as Burton End Primary School becomes Burton End Primary Academy as part of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust.

The academy conversion formalises a federation that has been in place for over a year, between the primary school and the Castle Partnership Academy Trust, which comprises Place Farm Primary Academy and Castle Manor Academy.

The three schools have already been working together for many years, as part of the local family of schools which allows local schools, including Burton End, Place Farm, Clements, St Felix, New Cangle and Castle Manor to share ideas, work on joint projects and ensure that transition from primary to secondary is a smooth process.

The academy conversion formalises a huge amount of work that has already been going on to ensure that the three schools can work effectively together.

The three academies share a single leadership structure and work together to ensure that each child receives the very best education they can.

The partnership will allow for an even broader range of opportunities for pupils from all three academies to work together, share resources and experience an integrated all-through learning journey.

Pupils celebrated on Monday afternoon in a specially arranged assembly, together with governors and a selection of staff from across the partnership.

Burton End head of school Madeline Vosper was pleased with the new status. She said: “We are extremely pleased to be part of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust.

"Being an Academy will help us to fulfil our vision and ensure that our children have the best possible education they can. We have already benefited greatly from working closely with staff and children at Place Farm and look forward to working even more closely in partnership.”

Mrs Vosper has been the acting head of school since June 1 and is already seeing the positive effectives of partnership.

She said: “We already do a huge amount of work together, with pupils attending specialists lessons at Castle Manor, staff benefiting from closer working with other colleagues and with partnership staff to support every aspect of learning at Burton End.

"We are all proud to be Burton End and now also proud to be part of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust.”

Executive principal of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust Madeleine Vigar was also full of praise for the new status.

She said: “The trust have worked extremely hard with a broad range of primary schools to ease transition from primary to secondary and, ultimately, provide a better experience for young people in Haverhill.

"This new status allows us more freedom to work together and provide exceptional learning to young people from the Cambridge side of town and beyond.”

Ms Vigar has been in Haverhill for more than 11 years and has seen a huge amount of change in that time.

She said: “We recognised very early on that schools working closely together would provide a better experience for young people and this latest change gives us further flexibility to realise this vision.”

Haverhill Town Mayor and chair of governors at Burton End Primary Academy Roger André said: “Burton End, along with Castle Manor and Place Farm, form a key part of our local community.

"The opportunity for us to work co-operatively will allow us to deliver even better education to the young people in our town, who deserve the very best.

"As we look to the future, the growth of our community will require a marked change in education delivery. We will be in a better position to provide this for our community.”

The three schools in the Castle Partnership Academy Trust came together for a special event at the end of the summer, which saw young people and staff join together for a special photograph to celebrate their closer partnership.

This event confirmed that as a larger group they can achieve some very special outcomes.

Burton End Primary Academy currently has spaces in its nursery and would welcome any enquiries if you would like your children to begin their all-through learning journey in the nursery.

Please contact the office at Burton End Primary Academy on 01440 702 376 for more details or to arrange a visit.

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