Village school moves to an academy status

Headteacher Yvonne Watts, Welton Primary School.
Headteacher Yvonne Watts, Welton Primary School.
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WELTON Primary School has won the green light to become an academy at the start of the new school year.

It is the first primary school in the Daventry district to become an academy, a move that sees them team up with the David Ross Foundation.

The school said there will be benefits for pupils and staff.

Headteacher Yvonne Watts said: “I think it will give the school more autonomy and control over the decisions we make. The role of the local authority has diminished in the last year or two and we feel it will make our school stronger and help it move the school forward in the future.”

The decision will enable the school to work with others in the trust, based in Northampton and Corby, to provide opportunities for the children.

Mrs Watts added: “We have got a fairly limited space within the school so we can share expertise and knowledge.

“This is now going on with schools in the area but becoming an academy will enhance what we are already doing.

“The response has been very positive from parents, there are a lot of people who think this is the right way for us to go.

“We have been looking at this for the last two years and we feel that this is the best option for us.”

The David Ross Foundation will be working with pupils to create a new uniform and logo for the academy.