Kirkby primary school set to become an academy

Kirkby Woodhouse primary becomes an Academy school. Headteacher Ruth Maddison with students.
Kirkby Woodhouse primary becomes an Academy school. Headteacher Ruth Maddison with students.

The headteacher of a primary school in Kirbky has said she wants it to become an academy so staff and governors can ‘take control of our future ’

Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School on Main Road will become part of the ASPIRE Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in April.

Kirkby Woodhouse primary becomes an Academy school. Headteacher Ruth Maddison with students.

Kirkby Woodhouse primary becomes an Academy school. Headteacher Ruth Maddison with students.

The academy group, which was founded in 2012, currently consists of two other Nottinghamshire schools, St. Peter’s Primary in East Bridgford and Archbishop Cranmer Primary in Aslockton.

Headteacher Ruth Maddison said: “We sense that there is an uncertainty about the future of education and the way partnerships with other schools may be arranged in the course of time.

“We at Kirkby Woodhouse School have decided to take control of our future to ensure that our high standards and the clear focus on the profound personal development of our pupils remains at the centre of all we do.”

After a consultation with parents the school decided join the trust. The change was originally supposed to take place in November 2016, but has now been delayed until April 1.

In a letter to parent’s on the school’s website Mrs Maddison assured parents that there are currently no plans to make changes to the school’s curriculum - and any other changes made would only for the better.

Mrs Maddison said: “We see this move as a very positive way forward. It will ensure that we retain the distinctive nature of KWS and have control of our future so we continue to build on all that is good here.”

Speaking to the Chad Mrs Maddison said the trust would support the school’s ethos of going ‘beyond expectation’

She said: “Aspire is a distinctive, highly integrated, ethos driven organisation, which is committed to developing the whole child, helping them discover not just who they are, but who they can become.

“It is only through this sense of self-worth, well-being and confidence that children are supported and motivated to achieve the best academic results of which they are capable.”

The school obtained a Good rating during its last Ofsted inspection and was said to be outstanding in some areas.

A statement on ASPIRE’s website said: “ASPIRE is committed to ensuring that all our children have access to a wide range of opportunities in key areas such as sport, music, drama, art, dance, science, computing, active caring and the chance to lead.

“In this way we do not simply provide these experiences for their own sake, but to help our young people grow into the best and most confident people they can be.”