Nottinghamshire County Council chiefs will next week (Monday, 24 September) join church leaders, teachers and pupils from William Gladstone Church of England Primary to celebrate a new start for the school.
The newly created school brings together Oliver Quibell Infant School and Hawtonville Junior School in Newark.
The celebration church service, being led by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, will also mark the school’s move to Church of England voluntary controlled status.
County council chairman Carol Pepper, who is one of the guests, said: “We are delighted to support this exciting, new beginning for the local community and the amalgamation of two schools which have worked closely together for many years.
“Over the summer months, we have also invested money in the school from our refurbishment programme to enhance the teaching and learning space for pupils from this September. These improvements should also help give the school a greater opportunity to excel.”
The £500,000 cash for improvements came from the County Council’s Schools Capital Refurbishment Programme with nearly £200,000 of the total spent on work to improve facilities for younger children at family and Children’s Centre accommodation at the school.
Improvements have included new windows, a new heating system, new fascias, upgrading the fire alarm system and developing a more open plan environment to suit the needs of the children.
Jackie Warren, headteacher at William Gladstone said: “The school’s new status will bring about a seamless transition from foundation level to primary school and we have built a wonderful school community on this site.
“The new look school is a fantastic asset for the area and pupils have settled in well in the first few weeks of the new school year.”