Celebrations as Portsmouth School becomes an academy

The Cliffdale Special School in Copnor is officially opened by staff and pupils during a short ceremony which will now give it academy status. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133341-3)
The Cliffdale Special School in Copnor is officially opened by staff and pupils during a short ceremony which will now give it academy status. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133341-3)
Julian Brown (60) with his family (l-r) son-in-law Paul Saunders (29), daughter Sara Saunders (28), wife Karen Brown (60) and daughter Kate Brown (31).

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CELEBRATIONS have been taking place at a Portsmouth school to mark its conversion to an academy.

Staff and pupils at Cliffdale Primary Academy took part in an event to mark the occasion.

Children at the special school which is in Battenburg Avenue in North End, did pottery, art and played music to celebrate.

Executive headteacher Alison Beane said: ‘They had a lovely day.

‘We had a big celebration party in the afternoon which was lovely.

‘They are very aware of the changes that have been made. The children were a key part of developing and designing the logo.’