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Winterton Primary School & Nursery

  Winterton Primary School
  Black Street
  Winterton on Sea
  Great Yarmouth
  NR29 4AP

Mss Caroline Rankin, Academy Head
Email:  http://head@wintertonprimary.org

Miss Baker, Office Manager
Email: http://office@wintertonprimary.org
Tel:       01493 393218

A link to the school's website is here:  http://www.winterton.norfolk.sch.uk/

The Consortium Multi Academy Trust was delighted to welcome Winterton Primary School into the fold on the 1st January 2019, following a threat of closure from Norfolk County Council.

The school and nursery are open and welcomes new pupils with an exciting future within the Consortium family of schools.  If you are interested in securing a place at this unique small school, please contact the school office directly.

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, CEO and Principal at:  http:// principal@consortiumacademy.org

Parents moved to tears by the surprise announcement.

Parents celebrate with Consortium principal Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne and Winterton headteacher Martin White.  Cheers and tears rose from the playground at Winterton Primary School this morning as the spectre of closure was lifted.

Coming to the rescue was the Consortium Multi-Academy Trust (CMAT) who said the school’s stunning location close to wild-life rich dunes was one of the many reasons it decided to step in.  Launching its vision to parents and pupils in the school hall trust principal Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne said dual use for the site as a school and as a field study area was the way forward and a “creative” way of working up a business case.

He said: “The location was one of the hooks. We always respond when schools call for help but we came with the view that it did not look like a viable option. But when we got here and saw the school and were it was it got us thinking about what we could do.  I was also struck by the strength of feeling. The passion here was evident.”

Angela Hudson-Jones, whose three children have all been pupils at Winterton at various times, said: “It is unreal.”

“It is such a surprise,” she added. “We did not expect to hear any news until October 12. My father came to this school, I came to this school and my three children have come to this school and have all done extremely well. It has been a bit of long haul. The community has been brilliant. Everyone in the village has contributed.”

The 42-year-old hailed the efforts of Fisherman’s Return pub manager Matt Nichols wrote to 42 academies across the country about Winterton’s plight.  Mr Nichols said "CMAT were the first to come back to him and were passionate about rural schools. In two or three years time this will be the primary school.”

Addressing the children Mr Aalders-Dunthorne said there would be some changes but nothing for them to worry about. He told them about trips away they could look forward to as they joined a family of 11 other mostly coastal East Anglian Primary schools.  The school would be remodelled to create the residential field study centre for 30 children, which would supplement the school’s income.


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