Lessons start at new academy

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Pupils, parents and staff joined together to celebrate the launch of Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy.

The new primary academy is part of The Flying High Trust, based at Cotgrave Candleby Lane School, a multi-academy trust with access to over 40 schools within its Teaching School Alliance.

A family fun day was held to mark the school’s launch with face painting, a balloon release and more.

At the event, new head, Lisa Turland, addressed the crowds. She said: “The family day has been a perfect way to launch Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy and with it launch our hopes and aspirations for every pupil that attends this wonderful school.”

To mark the occasion every child was given a book bag and school jumper or cardigan with the school logo on, designed by seven-year-old pupil Tia Williams.

Chris Wheatley, CEO of The Flying High Trust, said: “This is a hugely important time for Bilsthorpe. At The Flying High Trust we pride ourselves on creating a vision for communities and that vision is high aspiration.

“Aspiration for this village starts today. The event has brought the community together to meet us, ask questions and to find out what the future holds.

“We know that Bilsthorpe deserves a school to be proud of and that is, with the support of the community, what we intend to deliver.”

Lisa Turland added: “We would like to thank everyone who attended the launch and to Oakwood Fuels for donating the balloons for the children to launch. It was a symbolic event as we really want our pupils’ aspirations to fly as high as possible; just like the balloons.

“We are all looking forward to our new start and a bright future.”