THE MK Dons Stadium saw around 2,000 students from two schools mingle together for the first time last Friday.
The symbolic ceremony launched the new Elizabeth Woodville School following the merger of Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger and Roade School. Wearing blazers sporting the new school logo, designed by students Luke Malpas and Sadia Parveen, each pupil was handed a new school tie by MK Dons boss Pete Winkleman.
Speaking to students headteacher Pamela Hutchison said the tie contained a strong gold colour to reflect the gold standard the new school would be embracing. Mrs Hutchison admitted the thought of transporting 2,000 students to the stadium and back to school had made her nervous but like the decision to merge she said it was a case of: “feel the fear and do it anyway.” Mrs Hutchison said with a new name, logo, and new uniform the school was a blank canvass of opportunity and told students: “It will be what you make of it.”
The merger was triggered by falling numbers of students in the catchment areas of both schools and to expand on the efficiency of existing shared resources.
Andrew Grant, Northants County Council’s member for education said the merger was led by the Governors, with the help of NCC and added: “In a small way this is an example of Big Society working. We’ re seeing two schools and two governing bodies coming together to do what is best for their students.”