New academy and principal unveiled

A new academy is set to open its doors to students in Stamford.

Stamford Welland Academy will replace the Stamford Queen Eleanor School as it joins Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), and partners with one of the top performing schools in Cambridgeshire.

The new name and brand was developed in partnership with students and teachers, governors, the Free School proposer group, and the academy’s new leadership team.

The lion was chosen because it represents strength and pride and has strong links with Stamford – the three lions on the town crest – and the three colours represent the three House groups that will be created at the academy.

The academy’s new look reflects its drive and commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all areas with a strong focus on academic achievement. It aims to match the standards at other schools which are part of CMAT; the trust’s founding school Swavesey Village College has been rated as Outstanding in all respects by Ofsted.

The academy will be led by Anthony Partington. Anthony has held leadership positions in different academies across the Trust.

Mr Partington said: “I am proud to be the first Principal of Stamford Welland Academy and aim to build a school that provides a high quality education for all its pupils, and that the whole community can be proud of.

“It is important to recognise that the changes here are more than just cosmetic – but it does signal a fresh start. Students will belong to a new House group, will study a curriculum that has proven successful across other CMAT academies, and will also be expected to complete their Pledges – an extra-curricular awards scheme that helps develop character and responsibility.

“Stamford Welland Academy will have high expectations of all of its students and will be relentless in its pursuit of excellence. I look forward to working with the Stamford community to make this school a source of immense pride for everyone.”

Mr Partington has graduated from both Oxford University and Cambridge University, and is also an editor and author for Cambridge University Press.

CMAT Executive Principal, Mark Woods said: “Stamford Queen Eleanor has made progress in recent years, but unfortunately it has struggled to shake off its historic link to a school with low achievement levels.

“Stamford Welland Academy will bring to life our proposal that we submitted to the Department for Education to create a new School in Stamford, but will make use of and develop existing facilities in the town.

“CMAT will bring a new drive, a fresh perspective, and a wealth of experience to improve standards. We look forward to developing Stamford Welland Academy into the good school everyone wants it to be.”

The new academy is set to open on Wednesday 3 September 2014, although formal conversion to CMAT will take place on Wednesday 1 October 2014.

The academy will be holding an information evening for all members of the community on Tuesday 16 September from 6-8pm to find out more about the Trust and the changes at the academy.

The academy’s formal open evening for prospective students will be held on Wednesday 8 October 2014 from 5.30-8pm.