First places offered at Bourne Elsea Park Academy

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Staff at a primary school are gearing up for the opening of a new academy in Bourne as the first pupils were offered a place.

Of the 30 reception places available at the new Bourne Elsea Park Academy, 18 children took up places.

Contributed news from Bourne Abbey Primary Academy EMN-140429-165223001

Contributed news from Bourne Abbey Primary Academy EMN-140429-165223001

The new school will open to just this reception class in September.

It will be run by staff from Bourne Abbey Primary Academy and headteacher Cherry Edwards said: “We are so thrilled to now have a body of parents and children for our first, very special, reception class. We look forward to working in partnership with our parent body over the coming weeks and months as we move towards a successful opening.”

Parents and carers of children joining the school in September have been invited to a welcome meeting at The Centre @Elsea Park and staff are also arranging for transition sessions, so children can get to know each other and the staff before they join.

Ahead of the opening, parents and carers were also asked to vote for their preferred choice of uniform via an online poll on the new school’s website.

Mrs Edwards has maintained that she would like the community to be involved in the new school and said she was delighted to announce that the school’s uniform will be red and grey.

Uniform samples are in the process of being prepared.

Senior deputy headteacher Janet Crook said: “It was extremely important to us that parents/carers had a voice in choosing the colour of our uniform.

“Not only is red incredibly smart, it will help to give Elsea Park Academy its own vibrant identity. It is also a colour that will mean that items without the academy logo will be readily available from affordable outlets.”

The new school’s logo was designed by Nikki Proud, herself a new parent of the school, who won a competition.

Work has been completed to translate that into a digital version as well as an embroidered crest to appear on the school uniform.

Mrs Proud said: “The logo looks amazing, I love it!”

Other developments have included the appointment of teaching assistants and receptionist/administrators; initial plans in place for the burying of a time capsule and of course huge strides in the construction of the building.

Work has started to install the external cladding and the scaffolding surrounding the building will be taken down in about a month.