St Peter's and St Mary's schools to amalgamate in September - with one head teacher
In a letter sent (April 28) to parents and carers from the Governors, it has been announced that St Mary's Infants and St Peter's Juniors will become one school from September 1 - with one head teacher. St Mary's current head, Anne Schwodler, has been appointed as head teacher of the combined primary school.
This development has been approved by Wiltshire Council. The Governors state: "This gives the school a full academic year to embed and establish teaching, leadership and governance across the whole school before moving into the new building."
"This is important because making these changes while physically moving to a new building would be a huge undertaking and staggering the process will help ensure the school can deliver the best education possible to the pupils."
The new school will operate on two sites for the 2016-17 academic year with pupils from Reception to Year 2 continuing to use the St Mary’s site and Years 3 to 6 continuing to use the St Peter’s site.
It will be a single school, so the changes in school uniform that parents have already been told about will come into effect at the start of the next academic year.
"The Governors have the utmost confidence that the school staff will make this work
effectively and ensure there is minimal disruption to our children’s education."
Mrs Schwodler has successfully led St Mary’s Infant School for six years, with the school recently achieving an ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED status.
"After 21 years of dedicated service in teaching, Caroline Spindlow is taking voluntary redundancy. Mrs Spindlow has been central to achieving the amalgamation and the new build primary school for Marlborough and will continue to work with the Governors to establish the new school."
"The Governors would like to sincerely thank Mrs Spindlow for her drive and determination in ensuring the very best for the children at St Peter’s."
This logo has been designed to "form the foundation of the image of the school" and will be used on letters, uniform, book bags and so on: "The design was based upon highly popular themes raised by children from both St Peter’s and St Mary’s with St Mary’s Church, the River Kennet and our wonderful surrounding countryside being central to the design."
"We are confident that this will be the start of a new and exciting era of primary education for the children of Marlborough."
The planning application for the new school buildings is yet to come before Wiltshire Council 's planning committee. It was 'called in' after it was rejected by Marlborough town councillors - mainly over traffic issues.