Martin Hill: Back to school at Elsea Park

Martin Hill at Elsea Park EMN-140825-141614001
Martin Hill at Elsea Park EMN-140825-141614001
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Just where does the summer go?

The end of the school holidays is fast approaching and parents will be preparing their children for a new school year. This September we can look forward to the opening of a brand new school in Bourne.

Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academy will proudly accept 23 Reception class pupils along with Year One and Two pupils this autumn term. Children in our area will soon be picking up their pencils to start their school career and can look forward to superb facilities in which to learn.

Lincolnshire County Council has worked with South Kesteven District Council to secure the funding from developer Kier Homes and make the school a reality. It has been in the pipeline since the Elsea Park development was awarded planning consent over a decade ago, and now is the right time for the school to open. I know that parents will welcome these much needed extra school places for our growing communities here in Bourne.

After a staged intake, Elsea Park Academy will offer teaching to 210 pupils, aged 4 to 11. It will be run by the Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy, which has valuable local knowledge that can support teachers and governors to provide an outstanding learning experience for children. The vision for Elsea Park Primary C of E Academy is that it will sit right at the heart of the community, attracting local children.

We’re committed to supporting Lincolnshire schools to give children the best start in life and are continually striving to improve education standards. In the past weeks, we have seen some excellent A-level and GCSE results once again from schools around the county. The teaching and experience a child has at primary school can influence their future, as they move into secondary school education. Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy has set itself the highest standards, with a visionary headteacher in Mrs Cherry Edwards, who has the expertise to lead the school and its pupils in the right direction.

Good partnerships between county and district councils, Kier Homes and the school’s operator have been crucial in getting the school open. I know that the school is keen to form new partnerships, especially with parents and carers, with home and school working together to support a child’s learning.

I am sure there is a bright future ahead for Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy, and I look forward to hearing about the achievements of its pupils in the future.