Mosaic marks a fresh start at new Portsmouth academy school

CELEBRATION Back, from left, Abbie Hawkins, Joe Bartram, Evan Harris and Lucy Jackson with, at the front, the youngest pupil in school Luke Smith and oldest full-time teacher who is just about to retire after 20 years at the school Marian Green. Picture: Sarah Standing (131816-672)
CELEBRATION Back, from left, Abbie Hawkins, Joe Bartram, Evan Harris and Lucy Jackson with, at the front, the youngest pupil in school Luke Smith and oldest full-time teacher who is just about to retire after 20 years at the school Marian Green. Picture: Sarah Standing (131816-672)
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IT’S a big new step for the staff and pupils of Lyndhurst Junior School.

And to mark the fact that it is now an academy, it has celebrated with the opening of a new timeline history mosaic.

The North End school officially converted to academy status on April 1 this year.

It has become the first school in the city to become a standalone converter academy, which means that it doesn’t have a sponsor.

Instead, it will receive money from The Education Funding Agency which provides funding for education for children between the ages of three and 19.

Headteacher Margaret Beel, said it’s a good step forward for the school.

‘It means that we are in a position to make decisions for our school at a local level,’ she said.

‘Because we’re a good school we wanted to retain what’s unique to our school.

‘We’ve worked hard on our creative curriculum.

‘With the new curriculum coming in next year there are always changes being put upon us and as an academy we have the freedom to change the curriculum to meet the needs of the children.

‘We wanted to retain all the local history and culture that’s relevant to our children.’

Pupils enjoyed a picnic lunch on the playground as part of the celebrations last week.

The mosaic was opened by Marian Green, the oldest teacher and Luke Smith, who is the youngest pupil, who together cut the red ribbon.

‘We wanted to do something creative,’ Mrs Beel added.

‘We decided to take all the points in history that our children study in their learning journey.

‘It includes when the school was built 99 years ago and this year when we changed status to become an academy.’

They school has also recently launched the start of their ‘Ninety Niners’.

As the school is now 99 years old, the staff and pupils have vowed to complete 99 tasks in the run-up to their 100th anniversary celebrations next year.

The first ones included each of the children eating a 99 ice cream, and blowing up 99 red balloons.