STAFF and pupils have celebrated the first anniversary of Pontefract Education Trust – which aims to bring schools together to give youngsters a wide variety of new and exciting lessons.
Members of the Pontefract Education Trust – a partnership of primary and secondary schools, community organisations, local businesses and other educational bodies – came together at the King’s School on Friday to mark the anniversary.
Pam Reynolds, trust board member, said: “It was a wonderful celebration, and one thing was very clear, the trust has enormous potential to transform education in Pontefract.
“The trust provides a fantastic opportunity to grow together and to support one another to improve standards of education in Pontefract schools.
“Our main aim is to raise standards, our children deserve the best possible education. We want Pontefract schools to be outstanding and we believe that together we can achieve this.”
In its first year, the trust has organised a range of unusual lessons for pupils – including archeology and space exploration – held a joint carol singing service at Pontefract’s St Giles’ Church and run drawing competitions to encourage schools to integrate.
The birthday event included a visit from Sir Bill O’Brien, a governor at Carleton Community High School, which is part of the trust.
Mrs Reynolds added: “Sir Bill was a local councillor, served many years as MP in the district and has been a lifelong supporter of schools in this area and campaigned for the best for generations of pupils.
“He is an active governor at Carleton High and is now a great supporter of the trust and the work we are doing.”
Tracey Spiers, trust administrator, thanked everyone who attended, members of the vocal group, King’s School catering staff and Sue Blenkinsopp who created the celebration cake.