July 24, 2008

Academies Usher in New Era at Lincoln Schools

Pupils at five Lincoln schools will be merging to create three new city academies next term.

The Usher Junior school in Skellingthorpe Road and the Moorlands Infant and Nursery school in Westwick Drive are merging with the Joseph Ruston Technology College in Shannon Avenue.

The three schools will form the new Priory Witham Academy which is to be created on the Joseph Ruston site.

New purpose-built accommodation will be ready in 2010, but until then the academy - which will offer 'seamless' education for three to 19-year-olds - will operate from the three existing schools on a split site basis.

At the same time, Lincoln's two other new academies - Priory LSST and Priory City of Lincoln - will open, taking the place of the existing Priory LSST School and Lincoln Community College.

Acting head of the Usher Junior School Alyson Rutterford said: "There's a mixture of sadness and excitement here.

"This has been a family school for around 75 years and the closure is sad for that reason, but the new academy will be fantastic educationally and can offer much better resources."

For more on the Lincoln academies story, plus pictures of end of term celebrations at the Usher Junior School and Moorland Infant and Nursery school, see Wednesday's Lincolnshire Echo.

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