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Drake Primary celebrates end of term with opening of new library
++Author Simon James ran pupil workshops as part of the formal opening++
Drake Primary Academy in Plymouth has marked the end of the school year with the opening of a brand new £13,000 library. Local author and illustrator, Simon James led sessions with the infants and junior pupils. Simon talked about his life as an author, where he gets his inspiration and ideas from and also read some his stories and drew for the children.
Part funded by generous donations from the Friends of Drake Primary School and the Woodmancy Trust, the library has been completely renovated to attract more children and parents in to share and borrow books.
Joe Roberts, Headteacher at Drake said:
“We are delighted that Simon James was able to join us for the official opening of the new library. The old space was dark and cramped and we had a vision to make the new space bright and welcoming, creating a bespoke space for children and adults to share stories together.
“Creating a love of literature is at the heart of our teaching at Drake Primary Academy and encouraging parental involvement is a vital element. We aim to help improve children's reading and storytelling by providing them with a rich diet of stories and high quality factual texts.”
In September, Drake Primary will be launching a new 'book borrowing' scheme inspired by Pie Corbett's 'Reading Spine'. This new library will help to foster a love of books by providing a comfortable, modern and inviting space for parents and children alike.
New Academy Trust celebrates the New Year with Four Founding Schools

++ Reach South promises “aspiration beyond expectation” ++

A brand new academy trust is celebrating the New Year with four schools joining the organisation as its founding schools. Goosewell Primary, Marlborough Primary and Morice Town Primary all formally joined Reach South on 1 January 2017. They join High Street Primary Academy, which joined the trust in December, as the founding four academies.
Reach South was formally established in September 2016, and serves the South West of England. As a sister trust to REAch2 and Reach4 academy trusts, Reach South has the benefit of drawing on a base of national expertise, whilst being determinedly local and reflecting the needs of the region.

Reach South anticipates taking on responsibility for around 15 primary and secondary schools in this first year of operation, with a similar number of schools joining the family in future years.

Dean Ashton, Chief Executive of Reach South said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be announcing our founding four schools in the Reach South family. We have been working closely with each of the schools for some time and look forward to building on the foundations already in place.
“At Reach South, we have a strong belief in - and firm commitment to - “aspiration beyond expectation” and we look forward to welcoming Goosewell Primary, High Street Primary, Marlborough Primary and Morice Town Primary academies into the Reach South family. Together, we will deliver an exceptional education in each of these academies, helping every child to go as far as their talents can take them.”

Louise Scott, Headteacher of High Street Primary Academy said:

“We are delighted to have joined Reach South as it is a MAT based in the South West with the all benefits of being part of a wider national family of schools. We put our pupils at the heart of all we do here at High Street, therefore the Reach South values are perfectly aligned to our own.”

Rachel Summers, Headteacher of Marlborough Primary Academy said:

"At Marlborough we are delighted to become part of the Reach South family and are very excited about the future for the school and the positive impact this will have on the children, families and community we serve."

Goosewell Primary, Marlborough and Morice Town primaries all legally joined Reach South on 1 January 2017. High Street Primary Academy joined earlier in 2016, on 1 December.

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