December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
An east Norfolk primary has reopened its doors to pupils as a voluntary aided church school.
The new term brought a fresh start for Peterhouse Primary, in Gorleston, yesterday with the Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Rev Alan Winton, on hand to carry out an official blessing in the school hall.
Previously a community school, Peterhouse Primary has now cemented its links to the Diocese of Norwich. While a new uniform and school badge have been introduced to reflect the change, headteacher Martin Scott said day-to-day school life would remain much the same as Christian values were already being upheld and encouraged.
“We have always been a school that promotes caring and loving one another – this move really just enshrines that,” he said.
“It also ensures that the ethos of the school won’t be changed down the road. We wanted a firm foundation as the school continues to go from strength to strength.”
Three years ago, Peterhouse was placed in special measures after Ofsted inspectors found failing standards of teaching, high absence rates and poorly pitched lessons.
In September 2010, as middle and first schools merged, Peterhouse Primary reopened at a remodelled £3.8m site. Following a number of staffing changes, the school was taken out of special measures in the summer of 2011.
In 2012, Peterhouse joined the Sheringham Primary National Teaching Alliance after the north Norfolk primary was selected as a national teaching school.
Mr Scott described school governor the Rev Linda Ricketts, of Gorleston’s St Mary Magdelene Church, as a rock and driving force behind the change. “She has long been a person that pupils have known throughout their school lives here,” he said.
“She leads assembly once a week and we go across the green to the church for end-of-term services, at Easter and Christmas.
“This new phase simply cements that relationship and also, from a teaching point of view, means we have that extra support provided by the diocese.”
Mr Scott said pupil numbers had increased from 250 to 360 in the past five months, taking it to full capacity.