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New Downham Market academy will turn school around – head

Launch of the Nelson Academy - Principal Louise Ward with David Pomfret the chief executive of the College of West Anglia Academy Trust.

Launch of the Nelson Academy - Principal Louise Ward with David Pomfret the chief executive of the College of West Anglia Academy Trust.

A primary school that turned into an academy this week has promised to dramatically raise pupil’s attainment by the end of this year.

Just one of the targets the new Nelson Academy is aiming for will see it double the number of pupils achieving a reading related measure from 35 per cent to 70 per cent.

Louise Ward, academy principal, said: “We will meet our targets. We need to otherwise we will be shortchanging the children and they have been shortchanged for too long.”

The Nelson Academy is a replacement for the former Clackclose Community primary School, in Downham. It is the first primary school to join the growing empire of academies sponsored and led by the College of West Anglia (CWA) Academy Trust.

Clackclose Primary School went into special measures in November 2012 when Mrs Ward had been in post as headteacher for only a few weeks. Ofsted says under her leadership, the school is turning around.

David Pomfret, chief executive of the CWA Academy Trust, said: “Louise is already doing all the right things and we want to support that continued journey.”

New signs and a new uniform indicated the change when the school opened its doors as Nelson Academy for the first time on Wednesday.

A consultation with parents and pupils led to the choice of name and uniform.

Pupils have ditched polo shirts and sweatshirts and now wear white shirts, ties and navy knitted tops and blazers in Year Six.

 

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