A new Church of England school has thrown open its doors to new pupils.
The Church of England Diocese of Durham has established Wynyard CE Primary School in Wynyard Woods, on the edge of Wynyard near Billingham, as part of a new housing development.
The school is the latest in the Diocese’s education portfolio, which educates more than 14,000 children in primary and secondary schools. Nationally, the Church of England educates more than one million children a day.
Paul Rickeard – Director of Education for the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle said: ”Wynyard CE Primary School is the Diocese’s first school established as part of a Government initiative designed to see the development of more Free schools. The Diocesan Board of Education hopes to establish many more schools under this initiative over the next few years.”
Wynyard School is a Church of England Academy school. It will have the same popular inclusive Christian ethos as the other Church of England schools in the Diocese of Durham and be overseen by a governing body including representatives from the Church, parents and staff.
Initially, the children, up to 60 of them from Reception and Years 1 and 2, will be taught in a temporary building while the main building is being constructed. The school formally started on Thursday 3rd September with 17 children.
When the new building is established in 2016, it will be able to take in more pupils so that there are up to 60 pupils in each year group.
Headteacher Roger Ward said: “I’m extremely proud to be part of such an exciting project. It is not often that you have the chance to be involved in the creation of a new school.
“The board of trustees and staff have been involved in all aspects of the process and the plan is to involve the pupils and their parents as we develop areas of the school.
“The new school, is part of the community and local people will be able to benefit from the use of its facilities.”
Chair of Governors and Chair of the Durham Diocesan Board of Education The Venerable Stuart Bain said: “It has been great to work with Cameron Hall Developments on this project and we look forward to this school providing outstanding education at the heart of the community”.
“We have a really strong track record in providing primary years education across our Church Schools in this area where more than 97% are rated good or outstanding. We are very proud of the education that we are able to provide and believe that we offer fantastic education, grounded in the values of the Christian faith and something parents seem to value very highly.”