Pupils celebrate achieving academy status with fancy dress parade in Stockton (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Pupils celebrate achieving academy status with fancy dress parade in Stockton
SCHOOLCHILDREN from three schools held a parade to celebrate jointly achieving academy status.
Abbey Hill School for children with learning disabilities and the two Westlands Schools, one primary and one secondary, for children with challenging behaviour, are now jointly known as the Horizon Specialist Academy Trust.
And to celebrate their new status younger children in the Stockton and Thornaby schools have been taking part in fun activities.
A circus tent has been erected and earlier this week some of the pupils had the chance to learn circus skills with even MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, joining in the fun.
Today (Friday, October 4) the children came together to Abbey Hill School to have a fun parade having made floats and costumes.
Elizabeth Kipling-Vasey, head of strategy and special educational needs at the Horizon Trust, explained achieving academy status meant the schools were now out of local authority control and may now be able to access more funding.
She said: “It’s really been fun with all the activities in the school and there’s a happy feeling about the place.”
Mrs Kipling-Vasey said the two institutions had been effectively amalgamated for years.
Abbey Hill, in Stockton, caters for children with a range of disabilities. Westlands has a primary school, sometimes known as Green Gates, in Stockton, and a secondary school in nearby Thornaby.
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