Admiral Long CE Primary School Celebrates New Beginnings
In September, Bishop Thornton CE Primary School reopened as Admiral Long CE Primary School.
The new name marks the School’s move to vastly improved premises in the village of Burnt Yates and the extended catchment area the School will be serving.
As the headteacher, Mrs Liz Bedford, told everyone at the School’s Opening Celebration in October:
“Bishop Thornton School has long been known as a small, friendly school where children enjoy their learning and flourish to the full, but it wasn’t easy to make our old building and outside space work for us or for the ever expanding expectations of the national curriculum. Now, however, we have a host of wonderful new facilities.”
The new School site includes a large school hall with plentiful gym equipment, plus four and a half acres of outdoor space. There is a spacious playing field and playground, an outdoor learning area and a large wood.
The increased space means that the School now offers full wraparound childcare, 7.30am to 6.00pm, run by experienced staff and providing a wide range of activities inside and out.
Headteacher, Mrs Bedford, is thrilled at all that the School can now offer its children.
“The new facilities allow the children’s learning experiences to be greatly enhanced both within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities. The School hall provides space for PE lessons, clubs and other whole school activities. Professional sports coaches come in to teach PE lessons and also provide imaginative after-school sporting opportunities.”
In addition to all that is new, continuity is also very much the theme of the move, said Chair of Governors, Caroline Smith.
“We have a strong team of experienced, caring staff, committed to ensuring the Christian values and family ethos of the School, as well as the full implementation of the national curriculum.”
“We will continue to be a school with a strong family feel, working together to provide exciting opportunities for all our children,” said Mrs Katie Ward, Senior Teacher.
The School is currently growing in numbers with a large percentage of families travelling from outside catchment area.
The School’s Opening Ceremony in October was a chance to bring everyone together. Joining the School were the Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Service, Local Authority advisers and members of the LA Strategic Planning Team, families, teachers, governors, trustees of the Admiral Long Foundation, and members of the local communities. The children sang and told everyone what they love about their ‘new school’.
“The move and re-opening are a massive achievement and many people have helped to get the School to this point,” said Mrs Bedford. “We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our relocation.”
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