Posted on 21st July 2016
As students head off for their summer break, work at Oakmeeds Community College is gaining momentum in preparation for the change to academy status in September.
As part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, the academy will build on recent developments – including the appointment of Jon Francies as interim Principal – to create an exceptional school focused on inspiring, motivating and enthusing the young people of Burgess Hill to meet their potential.
In the last week of term, seven students received a ‘golden ticket’ to dine with a friend in the school café in recognition of their innovative ideas and enthusiastic contributions into the design of a new logo. The logo – which will incorporate stars, an oak leaf and acorn motif – reflects the school’s history at its 30-acre site and the aspirations for its future success.
In addition to the new logo, feedback from staff, parents and students identified The Burgess Hill Academy as the preferred new name for the school.
Jon Francies, interim Principal said “We are entering an exciting phase and I believe introducing a new name from September will signify a fresh start. Working with the dedicated staff team and trust colleagues, I will be focused on continuous improvement to deliver the highest quality education to create a local school for the community of Burgess Hill to be proud of.”
On their return in September, students will start to see the results of a programme of remedial building work and investment in IT to support teaching and learning. In the midst of many changes, parents are assured that there will be no requirement to replace uniform that includes the current Oakmeeds logo.
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