Two west Norfolk schools have celebrated their new partnership at a launch day on Friday on the Sandringham estate.
Pupils from Flitcham Primary Academy and Sandringham and West Newton Primary School shared a picnic, played on play equipment and attended a church service to mark the new relationship between the two schools.
Jane Gardener, executive head of both schools, said: “It really is the most fantastic opportunity for both schools to come together, and they’re very close to each other – only about two miles apart.
“We are looking at lots of shared learning opportunities, for pupils and for staff. Both are small, rural schools – Sandringham and West Newton has around 84 children, and Flitcham has 74 – so it’s great that the children will be able to make new friends and broaden their horizons.”
Family members joined pupils and staff for the launch of the partnership, and after the children had finished playing together, the group went to Sandringham Church for a service.
Rev Jonathan Riviere, who is a governor for both schools and does collective worship with them, conducted a service on the topic of working together.
“It was quite a squash fitting all of us into the church, but it was just a lovely way to finish off the day. We sang songs and heard bible stories all about working together, and Rev Riviere blessed our partnership,” Mrs Gardener added.
The schools will now be looking forward to their next event together, which will be on Friday, November 4 for a learning together day.
The executive head added that Sandringham and West Newton Primary School will soon be becoming an academy as part of the same Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) as Flitcham currently is.
Mrs Gardener wanted to thank in particular Rev Riviere for the service, head of school for Flitcham Amanda Dobson, and head of school for Sandringham and West Newton Heather Strudwick.