Newnham celebrate history and launch future

Staff and pupils at Newnham Primary School took part in a special launch day to celebrate becoming an academy.

The school recently joined the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), who sponsor a number of other academies in Northamptonshire. This includes Welton and the Abbey CE academies.

As part of the day pupils wrote their ambitions and aims on stars, which were then displayed on a special mural in the school hall. The school council create a star for the top of the Newnham Christmas tree.

Kim Cresswell, Headteacher, said: “It has been a wonderful day and created a lot of excitement for our future as an academy. I can’t wait to see the opportunities being part of the DRET network will bring for our children.”

Past pupils were invited to visit and share their experiences on the launch of the school’s new chapter as an academy. The hall was filled with a timeline of old photos and log books dating back to the 1890s. Mr King, who attended Newnham in the 1940’s, was interviewed by some of the children, providing an interesting insight into school life 70 years ago.

Kim added: “One of the visitors described the day as “something kind of wonderful” and I could not agree more. The children have all been so engaged in the events and it has been really amazing to bring memories to life through the different generations.”

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive for the Trust, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Newnham to our network of academies. I have been listening to lots of the wishes and requests the children have suggested and I hope that we can make many of those possible.

“It looks like the children have had a really enjoyable day and I look forward to hearing about the fantastic opportunities the future will bring.”