VIDEO: Balloons released to celebrate new academy

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BALLOONS were released over Shoreham to celebrate the opening of a new academy.

Holmbush Primary School, in Hawkins Crescent, converted to an academy on Monday, linked with the University of Brighton Academy Trust.

We are very excited about this next phase in the Holmbush journey and feel that our partnership with the University of Brighton Academy Trust will bring further development for the staff

Head teacher Rebecca Jackson

Head teacher Rebecca Jackson remains in charge and said the link to the university would be much better for the staff, especially with the training opportunities.

“We are very excited about this next phase in the Holmbush journey and feel that our partnership with the University of Brighton Academy Trust will bring further development for the staff which will enable the children to learn and improve without limits,” she said.

“For the children, they won’t see much of a difference but over time, there will be far better opportunities.”

Children arriving in the morning were greeted by colourful bunting along the fence, with each flag on the bunting expressing a wish made by one of the pupils.

Tyra Kyte, ten, said: “I wished for more art and DT, so I can be more creative in the future.”

Maria Boult, ten, hoped to make friends when she moved up a year and Keiran Pelham, nine, said he was hoping for better science topics.

Kya Tucknott, eight, said: “I wished for a lot more space to put our stuff on show.”

A new piece of artwork for the corridors had been created and new signs were put up, plus three trees were planted in the school grounds to mark the opening of the academy.

Following a celebration assembly, the children and staff gathered in the playground to release green balloons into the sky, each with a name tag attached.

The first balloon was found and phoned in at lunchtime on Monday, having made it to Eastbourne.

Visit the new website www.HolmbushPrimaryAcademy.org.uk for more information.