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Future of Middleton primary school looks bright after 'significant' investment to help protect rural schools

PUBLISHED: 14:43 08 June 2017

Academy Head, Gale Jerman, hopes that the new investment will help secure the future of Middleton Primary. Picture: MEGAN GOODWIN

Academy Head, Gale Jerman, hopes that the new investment will help secure the future of Middleton Primary. Picture: MEGAN GOODWIN

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Middleton Primary hopes that its new refurbishment from a 'significant' investment will secure the future of the rural school.

A complete school overhaul has helped improved pupils' morale and motivation, says the school's head. Picture: MEGAN GOODWINA complete school overhaul has helped improved pupils' morale and motivation, says the school's head. Picture: MEGAN GOODWIN

Concern for the future of the school grew following the closure of Peasenhall primary; however, a recent investment into the school has brought hope and security for its successful future.

Middleton was previously part of a federation alongside Yoxford Peasenhall, and Bramfield.

Now part of the Consortium Academy Trust, the trust has reportedly invested “tens of thousands” into Middleton Primary in a bid to protect smaller schools.

Gale Jerman, Academy Head, said: “From philosophy training for staff, the introduction of Latin for year 5 and 6 class to help with language development, to a new classroom space, a new library, new gym equipment, from re-surfacing the playground, a new early years outdoor area, a new bike shed – school has had a complete overhaul!

Part of the funds were also used towards a new gym for the pupils. Picture: MEGAN GOODWINPart of the funds were also used towards a new gym for the pupils. Picture: MEGAN GOODWIN

“Middleton is such an important part of the community.

“We are constantly competing with the bigger school and what they have to offer, so we want to make sure that our school has got the best we can give.

“Parents have been really excited and the children have as well, which is the most important. It’s been really positive.

“The refurbishment has helped boost our pupils morale as well as encouraging and motivating them.

A new library and reading space as also been refurbished - along with a new bike shed, outdoor play area and interactive whiteboards in each classroom. Picture: MEGAN GOODWINA new library and reading space as also been refurbished - along with a new bike shed, outdoor play area and interactive whiteboards in each classroom. Picture: MEGAN GOODWIN

“I hope that this investment will really secure our future and we really want to grow, to get the important message out that we are here and here to stay.”

Jane Flowitt-Hill, chairman of governors, said: “Our most significant funding has been in the development in the current staff and in the employment of a new teacher for Key Stage 2. Our whole aim is to deliver quality education in smaller class sizes.

“Over the year, we have developed the extended school provision so, for working parents especially, it helps that we are open from 8am and provide after school clubs so parents don’t have to try to be in two places at once.

“With the backing of the Consortium Trust, we can deliver a vibrant and very meaningful curriculum to prepare the children going up to high school.”

After the closure of Peasenhall primary, the pupils were moved to Yoxford Primary. Bramfield have since gone in their own direction as a Church of England school.

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