Top Seaham school becomes academy to mark centenary year

SCHOOL DAYS: Eric Southwick, chairman of governors at New Seaham Academy, headteacher Bernadette Dolan and Ian Gibson from Samuel Phillips Law Firm ' with pupils Joseph Wilson, Jessica Dixon, Sophie Gowland, Kiera Cummings, Maddie Cuthbertson, Josh Remmer and Jonathon Milburn.
SCHOOL DAYS: Eric Southwick, chairman of governors at New Seaham Academy, headteacher Bernadette Dolan and Ian Gibson from Samuel Phillips Law Firm ' with pupils Joseph Wilson, Jessica Dixon, Sophie Gowland, Kiera Cummings, Maddie Cuthbertson, Josh Remmer and Jonathon Milburn.
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A TOP school has marked its centenary year with a new chapter in its history by becoming an academy.

New Seaham Primary, hailed as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors, converted this month, giving its leaders control over how cash is used and what is taught to its children.

Headteacher Bernadette Dolan said: “Academy status gives us the freedom to determine our own budgets, and to tailor the curriculum to the needs of the pupils.

“We are celebrating 100 years of education for Seaham children. At the same time, we are beginning a new and exciting era as an academy.”

Miss Dolan has been working on plans with a team from Samuel Phillips Law Firm since April, with its legal team offering advice which has helped smooth conversion, as well as business development expertise.

Ian Gibson, from a specialist in commercial with the firm, said: “With the backing of the governors, Miss Dolan has committed a considerable amount of her own time and effort to secure the academy status, ensuring greater freedom for the school in the future and the flexibility to invest its resources to meet the needs of the school’s pupils.”