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New term, new year and new facilities at city primary school St Monica

GRAND OPENING: The grand opening of new and redeveloped teaching spaces at St Monica Primary School by The Lord Mayor of Southampton Councillor Valerie Laurent. The Lord Mayor cuts the ribbon to open the new Year 6 building, helped by head boy Toby and head girl Caitlin. The school is part of Inspire Learning Partnership (ILP). Watched on by Year 6 pupils and ILP staff (from left) Keith Knowles, Chair of the Academy Council, Mark Grove, Trust Facilities Manager, Lisa Marshall, Executive Principal of the school, Claire Lowe, Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Johnston, Director of Education, Rob Shaw, Trustee, Phil Andrews, Director of Finance, Richard Waghorn, Head of School, and Hannah Legg, Vice Principal of the school.

GRAND OPENING: One of the new Year 6 classrooms

A primary school in Southampton with 414 pupils has celebrated a £3m modernisation programme with a special assembly.

The redevelopment of St Moncia Primary School in Sholing includes upgraded facilities for Reception and Year 1 along with two classrooms for Year 6 in a new modular building separate to the main building.

Southampton’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Valerie Laurent, attended a celebration assembly before cutting the ribbon to declare the new facilities officially open.

Lisa Marshall, Executive Principal of St Monica Primary School, said afterwards: “As you can tell from the children’s faces, we are all excited by the fresh feel of the school, with newly decorated interiors, new carpets and floors, new facilities for Reception and Year 1 and new classrooms for Year 6 in a standalone building which includes air conditioning.

“What we are seeing is youngsters taking pride in their new surroundings as they start out on a new school year – the enhancements further lift aspirations and the strong sense of feeling valued.“

The £3m redevelopment, which included roof improvements, is another achievement for the school.

Earlier this year the school was praised in a quality assurance review by a national education charity for how far it has developed since converting to an academy with Inspire Learning Partnership in April 2022.

London-based Challenge Partners, an organisation that encourages schools to work together to make educational improvements, highlighted the many positive things staff are doing to benefit the children’s education.

Part of the review stated that children are “proud of their school” and “feel appreciated and supported by all the adults”, that the school has “a calm, purposeful and positive learning environment”.

Inspire Learning Partnership is a multi-academy trust which oversees five schools and a nursery in the Southampton and Waterside areas, with a total of 1,553 pupils and 64 pre-school children.

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