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Independent school takes on struggling primary to improve standards
7:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A TOP independent school in Chelmsford has taken a struggling Colchester primary school under its wing to improve standards.
New Hall School in Boreham struck an agreement with Messing Primary School in July 2012, just over a year after it was placed in special measures by Ofsted.
Governors at the primary school sought the help of a high-performing sponsor, with New Hall coming to the rescue. The Colchester school has acheived academy status as a result.
The landmark agreement sees Messing school become one of the first to be supported by a private sector school. The other three, being helped by the renowned Dragon School in Oxfordshire also opened this term.
Messing Primary has already seen benefits as a result of the agreement, with standards of teaching improving and pupils seeming more motivated.
Part of the agreement will mean pupils at Messing can use the facilities at New Hall while, the independent school’s subject-specialist staff will be travelling to the Colchester school to offer expert teaching.
Katherine Jeffrey, Principal at New Hall School, said: “New Hall School took the initiative in becoming the first independent school nationally to make the commitment to sponsor a primary school and is delighted to announce the formal opening of the new academy, Messing Primary School, this September.
“The schools share a similar ethos where pastoral care of every child is a priority and where pupils benefit from small classes and teaching that is tailored to their individual needs.
“We are delighted to be taking the lead in this pioneering educational initiative, which has at its heart the interests of each and every child and the determination to raise standards through working together, sharing resources and learning from best practice.”
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and primary education has a crucial role in laying the foundations for future learning. The New Hall-Messing Primary sponsorship has overwhelming support from the local community, parents and staff.”
Jackie Halliday, headteacher at Messing Primary School, which had been showing signs of improvement before becoming an academy, said: “This is an exciting new chapter in the history of our school, about to enter its centenary year. The academy conversion means substantial benefits for the pupils at Messing Primary and will help us to maintain the ethos and values we treasure, while enabling us to grow and broaden the educational experience we offer.
“As an academy we will have greater freedom to run the school as we think best, drawing on New Hall School’s excellent educational record and sharing expertise and facilities. We are looking forward to a very beneficial working partnership between the two schools.”
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