Little Gonerby primary school in Grantham is something the ‘family will miss’, says the acting principal

The baby school’s transformation into a primary school is something the family “misses and will greatly appreciate”, said its acting principal.

John Slater, acting principal at Little Gonerby Infant School, said he was delighted by the news.

This year has been a watershed year for the school joining the Infinity Academies Trust, a group of Lincolnshire primary schools, and, in one of the most significant changes in the school’s 150 year history, also receiving confirmation that it will be an all-through primary in the fall. .

Little Gonerby Infant School will be an elementary school.  Photo: Roger Templeman (61579471)
Little Gonerby Infant School will be an elementary school. Photo: Roger Templeman (61579471)

This will give local children the opportunity to complete their entire primary school career at Little Gonerby CE Primary Academy.

Mr Slater said: “We are delighted that Little Gonerby is now officially a comprehensive primary school which will admit children from the age of four, through to when they go to secondary school at the age of 11.

“This is something I know I have missed and will be greatly appreciated by the family. We are excited to be expanding our provision into Key Stage 2, and it is a great privilege to see the children continue to learn and develop with us.”

Little Gonerby is one of three Grantham schools that will make the transition, as Harrowby National School and Baby School will also become primary schools in 2023.

Gavin Booth, CEO of Infinity Academies Trust, said: “Little Gonerby is an extraordinary school, with extraordinary children and staff who are a credit to the community. In 2022 the seeds were sown to help the school grow and thrive in the future.

“Schools will now benefit from being part of the wider school community, providing a wide range of professional networking opportunities and practical support to benefit and enrich student learning.”

In 2022, Little Gonerby celebrates its Platinum Jubilee, as it welcomes Mayor Grantham, Councilman Graham Jeal, for the opening of a new stained glass window, designed by children in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam also visited the school to find out more about the HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) camp, hosted at Little Gonerby and run by Inspire+ for local children, offering sports and wellness activities as well as healthy nutritious food. food.

Mr Slater added: “2022 is definitely a year to celebrate and remember, but I think the future is even more exciting.

“We’re looking forward to 2023 and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the community will do next. The staff and kids are very positive and very excited to seize every opportunity that comes their way.”

If anyone wants to find out more about Little Gonerby CE Primary Academy, the school offers tours for prospective students and their families. Call 01476 564112 for information.