IT’S all change for local education in Mablethorpe as the town’s primary school reopens as an academy from today (Wednesday).
The school is now rebranded as Mablethorpe Primary Academy, with head Catherine Teale becoming principal, under the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust.
In all 470 pupils between three and 11 will be catered for under the academy.
Mrs Teale said: “As the academic year starts, the new Mablethorpe Primary Academy and its staff are ready to welcome pupils old and new.
“We look forward to building on our recent academic achievement with support from Greenwood Dale.”
Mablethorpe is the biggest of four east coast schools joining the trust from this week.
Chief executive Barry Day said: “These new academies bring a further 1,300 pupils into the trust and will build on the success of the former schools to ensure pupils reach their full potential, with no limit to what they can achieve.
“These new primary academies will be able to offer specialist teaching in a range of subjects through links with the Skegness Academy.”
Mr Day told the Leader that improvements would be made, including attendance, to boost a school deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors last year.
He said the school had felt ‘isolated’ and promised that through links with the other local academies including Skegness, that things would get better.
He explained that with most administrative work being done centrally, staff would be freed up to work more directly with pupils.
Learning in Mablethorpe is undergoing major change with the town’s secondary school merging with Louth’s Monks’ Dyke to become Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College over the two sites from this week.
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