"Together we aim to develop the Christian character of the school by striving towards delivering an excellent education and being committed to celebrating and valuing the gifts of each individual."
A message from Mrs Fiona Parr, Head Teacher
Unfortunately I am unable to invite you all to visit us in our new school so hope that through our website you get a flavour of life in our new school. We have all settled very quickly and it already feels like home. We have not yet accessed the whole of the school grounds and look forward to this when the weather gets better and the ground more established. This is another area yet to be revealed to the children. They will be immensely impressed once this happens.
The footprint of the school was a ‘given’ by the builders however I was able to work alongside their architects and project manager to make the school unique to us and to reflect our ethos and needs.
The school finished on the old site on 23rd December 2014. We exited the original 1902 door for the final time in single file to the strains of a piper. Parents lined the streets and waved us on our way. The procession stopped at the church where Reverend Gladstone regrouped us and explained the history of the school i.e. how and why the school began in Rothley and how many times the building and site changed due to increasing numbers and this was now a continuing pattern as we were moving again. We then continued our march to the new site where I collected the keys from Mi -Space. Each class peered through the new hall window before singing to the parents congregated outside the school. They were treated to a rendition with actions of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
The school moved over the holidays between 29th December and the 2nd January and opened its doors to the children on 12th January 2015. The parents were welcomed into the building for parent review meetings just before half term. We have an official opening planned for the 20th March and the bishop is coming to bless the school in May.
We had a church school inspection called SIAMS in November 2014. This report judges us as an ‘Outstanding Church School.’ This was a lovely way to end our time at the old site and also gave us the challenge of embedding this outstanding practise quickly in the new school. This report captured who we are whatever site we are on and our mission is to envelop the new community and growing village so that the next one hundred years of education in Rothley will be as dearly held as the last one hundred.
It was poignant that we moved at Christmas which in the church year is filled with hope for the future beginning with the birth of the child Jesus reminding us that he grew to be our teacher and leader.
I am very privileged to be the first head teacher on the new site.
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