As most of you will be aware, Soham’s third primary school, The Shade, admits its first intake of pupils in September. This is an exciting time for many residents as they prepare to send their children off to school for the first time. Far from being threatened by the opening of a new school, it’s also an exciting time for both St Andrew’s and the Weatheralls as we get the chance to further develop our curriculum initiatives and professional practice with another school in the town.
Both schools have already worked closely with the Staploe Trust in helping to establish this new school, which as you can see below, will share many of the principles already in place in our respective schools.
At St Andrew’s we are particularly proud to release Lisa Gregory, our KS2 assistant headteacher to take up the role as Headteacher of The Shade. Anyone connected to St Andrew’s will tell you what a truly outstanding professional Lisa is and there is no question that she is going to be a very hard act to follow. We are however absolutely delighted both for Lisa as she takes up this role, knowing that she will do a terrific job, as well as the opportunity to further develop our school partnerships.
Headteacher St Andrew’s CE Primary School
THE SHADE PRIMARY SCHOOL
We are proud to announce the opening of The Shade Primary School in September 2013.
Our aim is for all children to master learning skills that bring a love of learning, achievement, confidence and independence, in order for them to be the designers of their future. To achieve this we will work with our partners to learn, develop and improve. The Shade and its community will encourage a caring attitude, take pride in our roots and celebrate our successes.
The Shade will offer a curriculum that will develop a love of learning, provide teaching that will be focused on the pupils’ individual needs, encourage growth and strive for achievement. The children in our care will be at the heart of all our endeavours. Throughout the primary school journey, our pupils will develop the skills needed to become successful learners so that they can flourish into their secondary education.
Being part of the Staploe Education Trust offers fantastic opportunities for all, as we work closely with Kennett Community Primary and Soham Village College to deliver excellence and opportunities for all.
The new school building is due to be completed in November 2013. Therefore the pupils in the first Reception class will begin their school experience in temporary accommodation, at The Weatheralls Primary School. The aim is to move into the new building in January 2014. With spacious classrooms, superb facilities and an outstanding outdoor area, it will be worth the wait!
The Pre-school which we hope will open for 2 and 3 year olds will, eventually, open in the new building at The Shade. Admissions for this are anticipated to be Easter 2014, although could be sooner. At present, we do not have open applications for placements in Pre-School but once a definite date has been agreed for the opening, we will ensure it is widely publicised.
Headteacher The Shade Primary School