A MIDDLE school that was under threat of closure two years ago has officially opened as an academy.
Children, teachers and governors at Goldington Middle School celebrated on Friday as the school joined Alban Middle and Queens Park Lower Schools as they officially opened as an academy last week.
Chair of governors Diane Field says it is an exciting time for the school to open as an academy and for the immediate future things will largely stay the same.
She said: “It’s very exciting for everyone at the school to officially open as an academy. A lot of hard work has gone into preparing our case and we have had nothing but support since the idea was first suggested.
“It just means that it has secured the school’s future. As a middle school we have been under the threat of closure for some time, but by becoming an academy we have now secured our future for the long-term.”
For now the school has changed its name and logo to Goldington Academy and will look at changing other aspects of the school, including curriculum and age-range, in the future.
Diane, who has been chair of governors for 18 months, added: “Now we are here we can now look at how we can enhance the school. We are already an outstanding school and I always think ‘if it’s not broke then don’t fix it.’
“We are already doing a lot of good things here, so we now want to build on that and improve the school. Saying that though we don’t want to rush into any hairbrain schemes, so we are not planning any drastic changes at the moment.
“We want to stay a middle school as long as we can, but we are not blinkered to that fact that this may have to change at some point in the future.”
“I think middle schools are a great place for children to grow up into teenagers in an atmosphere that’s not too intimidating.
“It was devastating for us as a school when we were told that we may have to close, but all the staff had this attitude of ‘just get on with it.’ As a school I think we have dealt with it very well and although it has hard having a very uncertain future we tried not to let it affect the children.”