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Mayor unveils new name for school as system is all change in Poole
THE first day back at school for 510 Poole youngsters was marked by a new name and a special visitor to unveil it.
Poole Mayor, Cllr Phil Eades, visited Bishop Aldhelm’s Primary School in Winston Avenue where he uncovered the bright new red school sign.
The name change marked the major reorganisation of the borough’s schools, regularising the change in the age of transfer. Year 7s are now at secondary school and it has cost £52million in building work to provide space for them.
“Many schools are changing their names in Poole this week and next week,” said Cllr Eades.
“This is my first visit to five or six schools and perhaps the most important. It gives me great pleasure to unveil your sign and declare Bishop Aldhelm’s Primary School officially open.”
In becoming a primary school the Church of England Voluntary Aided School has lost its top age group.
A new Year 6 building is due to be completed in February and over the next three years the school will expand to 630 pupils.
Headteacher Neil Revell, said the name change from St Aldhelm’s Combined showed continuity as St Aldhelm was the first Bishop of Sherborne.
“It continues to be a celebration of exactly the same man the school was named after in the 1870s,” he said.
Vicki Wales, head of children and young people and learning, Borough of Poole, said the complex change in which first schools became infant schools, middle schools changed to juniors and combined to primary, seemed to have gone well.
“It’s not real until you get the name and the children here,” she said.
Cllr Janet Walton, cabinet portfolio holder for children and families said: “A key benefit of the change is that most schools will be more in line with the key stages of the national curriculum.”
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