Schools team up to ensure end-of-term show goes on after water main burst

Published on: 05 Aug 2017

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Working together saved the day for a group of Year 6 pupils in Keynsham who faced having to call off their leavers’ service when a water main burst and forced their school to close.

Youngsters at St John’s C of E Primary had a farewell performance prepared for parents, carers and friends but, with fellow Wellsway Multi Academy Trust members IKB Academy and Wellsway School also shut because of the lack of water, they had nowhere to stage it.

Disappointment turned to delight, however, when staff at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy – another trust school – offered to host the end-of-term celebration.

All 31 of the pupils, along with their props, were transported the three miles to SBL thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers so the show could go on.

St John’s headteacher Matthew Cottrell said he was very grateful to all who had helped to ensure that the service went ahead and was a great success.
Wellsway MAT chief executive Andrea Arlidge added: “We are stronger as a family of schools than as individuals. It was wonderful to see how everyone supported one another to make sure these families did not miss out on such an important moment in their lives.”

Parent Rachel John said: “It is so typical of the staff at St John’s to go the extra mile and put the children first. We never expected the school to be able to make such fantastic arrangements for Year 6.

“Every detail was covered and being minibused over added to the fun.  It felt extra special to be staged in the great facilities at SBL and the children loved the fact that all their staff were there to support them.

“Younger siblings, parents and grandparents, governors and staff  who came to watch were all so proud of Year 6 and it was a beautiful end to their time at school.”

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