Failing school in name change to help turn around its fortunes

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A failing school has changed its name and has come under the sponsorship of a nearby secondary school in an effort to turn its fortunes around.

Robin Hood Primary in Mansfield Woodhouse was handed an inadequate rating in all areas by Ofsted inspectors last year. It also hit the headlines after its headteacher, Julie Rowbottom, was suspended in mysterious circumstances.

But with a new name - The Bramble Academy - new headteacher and even new uniforms, the Oxclose Lane school is now under The Evolve Trust, founded by The Brunts Academy.

CEO for the Evolve Trust, Janice Addison said under new guidance, they are ‘determined to draw a line under the failure of Robin Hood Primary’

She said: “We are embarking on an exciting journey to ensure the children get the best education possible.

“The enthusiasm from the children and staff about learning is great to see. As we said to the children in assembly we are going to great places and will get to the very top. Aiming high and becoming the best that we can be.”

Parents were recently invited to meet up with the directors of the Evolve Trust and the Bramble governors.

Newly-appointed head of The Bramble Academy, Anna Froggatt said: “We take great pride in being part of The Bramble Academy and we are all very excited to be working with Evolve to ensure we achieve the very best we can.

“The children know that we are off to great places and it will be all of us together who make the change.

“There has been a wonderful buzz of enthusiasm and optimism not only in school from staff and pupils but also in the playground from the parents, carers and members of the community.”