Gosberton Academy was green to go at the beginning of term – and that wasn’t just the new colour of the school from the outside.
Pupils couldn’t wait to explore the refurbished classrooms on Thursday – and greet the new headteacher, Sarah Gray.
She said: “The sun is shining and we are all excited to be here. What a perfect way to start the new term!”
Since the academy closed for the summer holidays, the building has been painted inside and out, new carpets laid, a new wall built at the front and a new fence erected in stage one of a comprehensive upgrade.
With a new intake of 25 pupils instead of the usual 20 at the ever-expanding school, an extra classroom has been created out of a former IT lounge – made available because of the use of iPads instead of computers and the installation of interactive teaching aid screens to replace the old white boards.
Already known for its pioneering methods with the introduction of the Maths Makes Sense teaching method, the academy is part of the Phoenix Family of Schools – which also includes Fishtoft Academy, Park Academy and Pioneers Free School Academy – and a member of the Lincolnshire Partnership of Academies.
Ms Gray says she is proud and excited to become part of the “family”. After growing up in Holbeach, she attended Spalding High School before attaining a history degree at the University of Lancaster. While gaining her teacher training at the Univerity of East Anglia in Norwich, she had a one-year exchange with the Wesley College in Boston Massachusetts.
Her teaching career began back in the UK in secondary schools, but after switching to primary schools in 2004 she taught at Holbeach St Marks and Gedney Drove End Schools before her last post as head of school at Westmere Primary in Sutton Bridge.
Returning to her roots – and joining three other new teachers and the close team making the changes during the holidays – has convinced her she has made the right choice.
She said: “It’s really exciting that we have more parents choosing for their children to come her.”
And what do the pupils think to the new screens. Head prefect Zoe Barber (10) said: “They will help the children to learn better. Everyone likes the big iPads and they like using them.”