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Valley Park Primary School in Sheffield to change name to Woodlands Primary School after revamp


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Valley Park Primary School in Sheffield will soon be renamed Woodlands Primary school, it has been announced.

The 2-11 primary school and nursery in Gleadless said it made the decision after receiving overwhelming support from pupils, families, and local community members.

The new name is inspired by the history of the local area and the ancient woodlands of Gleadless Valley.

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The change signals “a commitment to root the school more firmly in the community it serves with a new vision, direction and name,” according to a spokesperson for the school.

The school will officially change its name after the Christmas holidays in January 2022, and the event will be marked by amass tree-planting week at the site, on Norton Avenue.

It is hoped the changeover will also mark a fresh start for the school, which welcomed new headteacher Lauren Johnstone at the start of 2021.

Outdoor learning with Mrs Johnstone
Outdoor learning with Mrs Johnstone

The school has recently undergone a revamp, with 12 classrooms receiving full makeovers.

One parent said: “I feel the new headteacher has had such a positive impact on this school, that the name change is just perfect! A new era is needed!”

Part of the successful local multi-academy trust Mercia Learning Trust, the primary school has a forest school, woodland areas, a large pitch, an adventure playground and trim-trail, and an extensive playground space with interactive activities.

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Mrs Johnstone said: “Woodlands Primary is a school which places the child at the centre of everything that we do with inspirational learning processes that provide opportunities for holistic growth.

“We believe that education should focus on the development of confidence and self-esteem through learner-inspired, hands-on experiences in natural learning environments as well as classrooms.”

Places for Reception (4 and 5 year olds) for September 2022 are now open through Sheffield City Council.

There are also places available in the 2-4 year old nursery and pre-school, with funding available for those eligible for free nursery hours.

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