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New name for Newark school – The King’s Church of England Primary Academy

Posted onPosted on 14th Sep
New name for Newark school – The King’s Church of England Primary Academy

The William Gladstone CofE Primary Academy in Newark has announced its new name — The King’s Church of England Primary Academy.

Headteacher Sarah Clarke said: “Our new school name, which was suggested by a few parents and some staff, was voted for unanimously for by the trustees of the Southwell and Nottingham Multi-Academy Trust (SNMAT).

“I have been overwhelmed by the many comments shared by local historians and members of the community, who have congratulated us on the consultation process that has led to this change.

“At the end of our consultation process, we have decided that we shall be known in the future as The King’s Church of England Primary Academy — a name that ties us more closely with the Church of England, showing that we belong to Christ the King.

“Our new school uniform and logo, worn so proudly by all children in school as they returned after so many months of disrupted learning, is making a strong statement.

“We are on a journey to becoming an outstanding school and are so proud of how far we have come in the last two years.

“That is why it is important that we are proud of our school name and what it stands for.

“We will be having a celebratory naming ceremony in the coming weeks when the name change has been finalised.

“The name is a strong name that will quickly start to become known in our community — a name that we are all proud to belong to. We feel that it is a name that stands well with our new logo and represents our school vision, which is to ‘grow confident and aspirational children who believe in themselves and contribute positively to their community and the wider world.’

“Our children, our parents and all staff will be the founders of the school as it starts this very exciting chapter of its journey.

“We are keen to get busy with the teaching and learning that we have all missed in the last few months and are hopeful that the community of Newark is as proud of how far we have come as we are!”
Catherine Davies, chair of governors added: “I am pleased that the school continues the journey towards outstanding with a strong identity.

“The school is inclusive, welcoming and encouraging to the whole community, and the new name reflects this.”

Samantha Dennis, deputy director of education at the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, said: “I am delighted that the new name reflects the Christian foundations of the academy.

“The school community has been on a long journey to improvement and as the academy settles under the excellent leadership of Sarah Clarke, a new name marks a significant step as we strive to provide an outstanding education that meets both the pupils academic and personal needs.”