A school which joined the Priory Federation this summer is looking forward to a new era under a brand new name and leadership.
The former Cherry Willingham Community School has formally opened for 2017-18 as The Priory Pembroke Academy.
The academy serves mainly the populations of Cherry Willingham, Reepham, Fiskerton, Nettleham, Greetwell and Langworth.
The new name commemorates the first Earl of Pembroke, William Marshal, who secured a decisive victory for the English army over the occupying French forces in the Battle of Lincoln in 1217. In the 800th anniversary year of Pembroke’s triumph in Lincoln, the new name pays lasting tribute to the heroism of one of the country’s greatest knights. His actions changed the course of history locally and nationally.
New Headteacher Simon Evans, most recently Deputy Head at The Priory LSST in Lincoln, said: “I am delighted to be the new Headteacher of The Priory Pembroke. I truly believe that this academy, working closely with the Priory family, will grow quickly and go from strength to strength.”
The academy is focussing on academic rigour, using the Priory values to ensure that it is nurturing deeply cultured, reflective and philosophical thinkers of the future.
The teaching team now consists of a blend of LSST and Cherry Willingham staff.
Mr Evans said: “My staff will work hard to ensure that they empower intellectual curiosity and create active learners. It is also important that our pupils have the courage, generosity and passion to succeed.
“This is an exciting time for the academy. It is undergoing significant development and our new name, identity and uniform will help us forge a new path in the community.”