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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Ulverston pupils get to stay on at school as Church Walk goes seven-up

SHINY shoes, crisp uniforms and brand new textbooks are all part of the back to school routine for experienced headteacher Bernadette Calvey at Church Walk Primary School.

But it is not every September that a school gets to make history.

For the first time in its 117 years, the former infant school in Ulverston welcomed back a Year 3 class after the summer holidays.

Church Walk has started its gradual transformation into a fully fledged primary school, after 18 months of consultation with parents and governors.

The school, which previously only catered for pupils aged four to seven, will be adding a new year group every September for the next three years.

Children who would have previously left after Year 2 to attend one of the area’s junior schools, will now stay on until Year 6.

Miss Calvey said the move would help Church Walk to continue to provide a high standard of teaching.

“It’s really special for us to know we have these children for another four years.

“To see them grow up to 11 is going to be wonderful.”

“I hope the parents that are here know how happy their children are and how hard we work to provide that positive experience in a small, caring community.”

Sue Davies, who is teaching Year 3 pupils for the first time in her 19 years at Church Walk, said the expansion would be rewarding for everyone involved: “I think they get a lot from staying in the same place and it’s a great family atmosphere.

“Before, you just started to get to know them before they left. I think the children will get a lot out of it and the staff will as well.”

Apart from all the extra work that comes with being the oldest children in school, members of Church Walk’s first ever Year 3 are happy to be staying put.

Angel Young, seven, of Ulverston said: “I’m really excited that I get to see lots of my friends again.”

Classmate Ella Higgs added: “Sometimes at a new school it is hard.

“But here it’s easier because we know where everything is.”

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