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KINGS Park Academy has undergone a transformation as part of its move to become an academy.
The school has been re-branded with new signs showcasing its academy status and to mark the start of a new era, the grounds of the school have also had a facelift.
During the summer break Andy Durrant, vice-chair of the school governors organised a parent working party on two separate days to carry out some gardening work to tidy up the school, ready for its first full year with academy status.
The academy reports, “Despite the wet weather, a small but productive group of parents and children came to assist in the project which involved cutting back weeds, bushes and in some places totally removing everything to bring it back to a blank canvas ready for the children to get involved. All workers were rewarded with a well-earned tea break with biscuits, donuts and kiddies’ drinks to ensure energy levels remained strong.
“One of the parents involved in the project, Claire Harrall, also approached local businesses to see if they were able to help with new plants to replace those that had been removed.”
Andy Durrant said, “To all our delight, three businesses were able to help and Whitehall Garden Centre donated some vouchers, Leekes gave pansies and Countrywide gave a monetary amount to be spent on plants of our choice. We are very grateful for their generosity.
“The gardening project is still work in progress and one which I hope will grow as more parents become involved with the children embracing ownership for their allocated area and pride of their outside space.
“I am grateful to all those parents and volunteers who came to help over the two days and thankful to all those business who agreed to support us in the transformation of our school.”