Hornchurch primary school unveils new name at special end of term celebration
PUBLISHED: 15:31 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 26 July 2017
A primary school will celebrate the beginning of another year in September with new pupils and a brand new name to match.
From September, Wykeham Primary School, Rainsford Way, Hornchurch, will be known as Harrow Lodge Primary School.
To mark the occasion, pupils buried a time capsule that included a Wykeham uniform and photos of children and staff at a special event last week.
“The new uniform and logo were partly chosen by parents and children who were given a selection of choices on which to vote,” said deputy headteacher Lynette Searle.
“The children can’t wait to come to school in their new uniform with some of them sneaking in the new bags and hats already.”
Olivia Marks, eight, said, “I love the new name of the school.
“It makes me think of open fields and running free.”
Uwaye Cooper, also eight, added: “Wearing a tie will make us look much smarter. I really like the colour and the bags are bigger and more secure. They even have a pencil case inside.”
According to Ms Searle, Wykeham was originally called Rainsford Way Council Junior School and Rainsford Way Council Infant School, the school became Wykeham County Junior School and Wykeham County Infant school 50 years ago before amalgamating in 1999 to become Wykeham Primary School.
“After combining the junior and infant schools, Wykeham Primary School faced many challenges and had a rapid succession of head teachers and deputy head teachers,” continued Ms Searle.
“This lack of stability in senior leadership inhibited the positive development of the school leaving staff and parents feeling frustrated and discouraged.”
But now the school has a strong and dedicated senior leadership team managing the school comprising of headteacher Una Connolly, head teacher, Ms Searle and assistant headteacher Michelle Browne.
“[We] are committed to moving the school from strength to strength,” she continued.
“Many changes have been put in place already with the school gaining silver award status as a healthy school and gold award status for road and travel safety.
“The senior team is now established and unswerving in their drive to keep things moving forward in a new and positive manner.
“As a significant starting point to this journey, the decision was made to adopt a new name along with a new uniform.”