IT’S all change at a Sunderland school as they start the term with a new look.
On top of celebrating its best ever GCSE results, Houghton Kepier Sports College: An Academy, is unveiling a new identity for the start of the academic year.
Over the last 12 months, staff, governors and students have worked on the rebranding with pupils ultimately choosing the final design, reflecting the school’s original name, Kepier.
Principal Nicky Cooper said: “We are thrilled to welcome in the start of the new school year with our refreshed identity – this represents an exciting new chapter in the development of our school.
“Becoming an academy was a great move forward for us and as a result of the change in status, we felt our name – Houghton Kepier Sports College: An Academy – did not communicate effectively who we are and where we see our school in the coming years.
“We are passionate about driving up standards and providing the best education possible for all our learners and our new image reflects us as a vibrant, forward-thinking and successful academy.”
Kepier has been at the heart of the Houghton community for hundreds of years and the new image reflects a return to the original name of the school, when it was founded in 1574, by Gilpin and Heath and known locally as Kepier.
The new badge displays four leaves from the legendary Gilpin Thorn, an historic symbol of the holy hawthorn tree, which was brought to Houghton by Bernard Gilpin, known as the Apostle of the North and Rector of Houghton between 1557 and 1583.