STAFF and pupils are celebrating a new era in education as two schools joined together and became an academy.
Front Lawn Primary in Havant became an academy at the beginning of the month through The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).
It means the infant and junior school have joined up to work together. And yesterday the school welcomed two visitors to their newly-opened primary academy.
Havant mayor and mayoress Gerald and Elaine Shimbart visited the school to find out more about what they will be doing.
They had a tour of the school and were introduced to the pupils through a whole school assembly.
Pupils were told about the role of the mayor and mayoress, the significance of their robes, chain of office and titles and that they get to drive in a car with a chauffeur.
Cllr Shimbart said: ‘It’s the first time I’ve been to Front Lawn School. Being an academy is a wonderful opportunity for education.
‘More money will be put into the school and with the new headteacher, it would appear that there is a great enthusiasm to develop the school.
‘Any improvement in education has got to be good, not just for the children but for the whole area.’
And he added that he was impressed with the school when he first walked through the doors.
‘Last year the library had a complete makeover.
‘It’s very welcoming. It’s not a huge area but there is so much here,’ he said.
‘If you can instil the ethos into the youngsters of looking after things, it’s got to translate into their adult life.
‘If you give youngsters a responsibility for something they will improve.’
Headteacher Michelle Fenniche said she hopes the changes at the school will help to improve the future of the children.
‘It’s about raising attainment, progress and aspiration within the area.
‘That’s a huge problem in the area at the moment. I’m confident about the future.’
She added that with the two schools joining together, it will create an easier transition through the school for the pupils.
‘It’s looking at the progress from Reception to Year 6 to make sure that standards are continuing to rise and improve,’ she said.
‘The teachers and staff will understand the children from a young age and vice versa.’