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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Competition held to find a name for town’s academy

A COMPETITION has been launched to create a new name for Whitehaven School.

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school visits: Head-teacher Lynette Norris

Work is being done to rebrand the school following its conversion into an academy through Bright Tribe.

Current pupils along with prospective students and their parents are being invited to share their suggestions for a new name. The competition started on Monday and the closing date is tomorrow (Friday).

Heather Herring, head of faculty, said: “A competition has been launched amongst the students, to come up with ideas that they feel reflect the local area or the ethos of the school.

“Through the school council and within their form groups, students have had their thinking caps on, with several suggestions already in the air such as Fell View Academy and Lake View Academy.”

She said other names reflect the desire to succeed and include inspirational terms, such as Beacon Academy and Ambition Academy.

Headteacher Lynette Norris has visited primary schools this week to give them the opportunity to share their ideas.

Mrs Herring said: “The decision to rename was held off until after Christmas to make sure everyone affected would have the chance to get creative and make their contribution. The final name will include A Bright Tribe Academy rather than this forming the name of the school itself.”

The school says changes are taking place as Bright Tribe works to instil its values and to build on the skills of the staff already present in the academy.

Mrs Herring said: “With a focus on improving teaching and learning, all staff are receiving valuable professional development opportunities along with the unique opportunity of becoming the hub academy for the youth mental health project MindFull and the pilot project for a longitudinal student impact programme with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) – more of these initiatives will be announced later – once we decide on our new name.”

Anyone wanting more information about the academy can contact 01946 595400 or email schooloffice@whitehaven.cumbria.sch.uk.

Updates are also posted regularly on its website which is www.whitehavenschool.org.

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Thoo needs t'ga up market a bit. Give it a bit of class like. What aboot .... Whitehaven Lorem Studia Academica. Then follow it up with (A Bright Tribe Academy)
A bit pretentious perhaps but hey West Cumbria could do with a wee bit of pretentiousness don't you think?

Posted by Victor Meldrew (The 1st) on 24 January 2014 at 10:42

Its a school, not a packet of soap powder. Whats wrong with "Whitehaven Academy"? Have pride in your town and its name.

Posted by Jam Eater on 23 January 2014 at 20:57

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