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Oct 23, 2018

Kidsgrove community is called on for academy rebrand


Kidsgrove academies invited community members to share an oatcake and ideas at their ‘Food for Thought Breakfast’ on Friday 19th October.

The University Academies in Kidsgrove will soon be joining Shaw Education Trust’s family of schools and, as an outward expression of the fresh start this change represents, the school names will be updated.

Commenting on the rebrand, Kelly Pope, Principal at Primary Academy Kidsgrove, said: “We are extremely proud of the local area and want to ensure that the schools remain key features in the Kidsgrove community, while demonstrating that this is a fresh start for the schools.

“We are keen to ensure that the academy names effectively reflect our community and so we urge all parents and residents to get involved.”

To aid in achieving this, both schools hosted a ‘Food for Thought Breakfast’ for all members of the community, providing parents with the opportunity to find out more about the changes being made and make any naming suggestions.

Showing their support for the schools, Hamilton’s Bake Shop, a thriving local business, provided free refreshments and lovely oatcakes for the event. 

During the breakfast meeting, primary pupils presented a brief history of Kidsgrove, outlining the mining history of the area and sharing some old photos of the community. A rendition of ‘Ode to the Oatcake’ was also performed, inspiring visitors to think of potential names for the schools.

Miss Pope further commented: “Our pupils did us really proud with an inspiring presentation about the past, present and future of Kidsgrove. It was great to see the children so passionate about their school and community. Everything we are doing is for the children; it is all about them.”

The suggestions provided at the event formed an online poll, which members of the public have used to vote on their preferred name choice, with options including Maryhill School, Kidsgrove Academy and Castle View Academy.

Once a name has been chosen, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for details of the academy logo competition being held for pupils.

The Trust is eager to ensure residents are kept increasingly involved in the consultation process; therefore, members of the public are encouraged to provide any additional comments or feedback via the school websites.

Principal of University Academy Kidsgrove, Andrew Bygrave, concluded: “It is an exciting period of change and I look forward to seeing the communities  ideas come into fruition.” 

To take part in the online poll, visit: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KidsgroveNameChange