New Horizons Primary School UNVEILED!
New Horizons Primary School is here! Over the summer the fantastic teams at Meredith Infants and Isambard Junior Schools, along with the Thinking Facilities, worked hard to see the merge of the two schools come to fruition.
Merging Meredith Infant together with Isambard Brunel Junior created New Horizons Primary School. Our main aim with this merge was to make life a little easier for the parents of Portsmouth and now, as NHP is a single school spanning ages 4 to 11, parents only need apply to one school; New Horizons Primary under the excellent leadership of Lucy Carroll.
Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive Officer at the Trust, said;
“I am delighted to be here as our New Horizons Primary School is unveiled! Our ‘one school one staff’ approach, under the leadership of Headteacher Lucy Caroll, will remove the need to change school at the pivotal and transitional point of Key stages 1 and 2.
“Ensuring children will be in one environment from the age of 4 through to 11 years old; one school one staff.”
Preparation ahead of launch day was fizzing with activity and nerves, but as Friday 4th September rolled around nerves were replaced with excitement; the bubble machine was on, the music was playing and the children were bouncing about in high spirits as they queued to enter.
Our Thinking Creative team designed fun branded selfie frames for the children to enjoy, parents to share on Facebook and to mark the first day back at a brand new school, and the school mascot Starfish and a Minion were on hand for photo shoots too.
Local press; The News covered the event, where Lucy Carroll shared how ‘overwhelming’ the task of merging the schools in the middle of pandemic was at first – but eventually proved to be a ‘powerful’ bonding experience for staff meeting for the first time.
Lucy went on to say: ‘…The biggest support has been from the trust. They have been incredible digesting the government’s guidance. The Department of Education has sent out a daily update – you couldn’t expect someone to get through all the information.’
But the launch of the school left the headteacher smiling: ‘It’s been amazing… We have lovely families and an amazing team.’
The News reported that the new Covid-19 safety measures such as staggered timetables, floor stickers, hand sanitisers, and own stationery and water bottles left on school grounds left anxious parents feeling reassured.
Local dad dad Matt Legge, who was with his wife Jennifer to drop off their five-year-old twins, Carter and Cleo, said: ‘The school has been fantastic at keeping us updated with how they will keep the kids safe.
‘It feels good to be going back to normal – we’re very happy and very relieved.’
We can’t wait to see more from New Horizons Primary School as everyone settles into classroom education again and their brand new playground is unveiled. Watch this space…