School celebrates new era

Hinderwell balloon release in aid of the launch of the Academy status.Picture Richard Ponter 141337
Hinderwell balloon release in aid of the launch of the Academy status.Picture Richard Ponter 141337
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Staff and pupils at Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy have been celebrating becoming an academy and the impact that the conversion is having on school life.

As part of an official launch day, pupils learnt more about the life of Thomas Hinderwell and his invaluable contribution to the town – particularly his role in establishing lifeboats in the area. The school officially converted to an academy at the end of 2013, one of the first in the county to do so.

Derek Johnson, headteacher, said: “Now that our children are all wearing their new uniforms, provided by the David Ross Education Trust, as well as taking part in all the exciting activities that are on offer, it seemed the right time to stop, celebrate and reflect on the school’s exciting future.” To encourage this, children were asked to write their hopes and ambitions on a “Hinderwell Gold Coin” which was then placed in a treasure chest at the entrance to the academy. The day concluded with a balloon release.