STUDENTS from two schools mingled together for the first time last Friday as they celebrated their merger at stadium:mk.
The symbolic ceremony launched the new Elizabeth Woodville School following the amalgamation of Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger and Roade School.
Wearing blazers sporting their new school logo, designed by students Luke Malpas and Sadia Parveen, each pupil was handed a new school tie by MK Dons chairman Pete Winkleman.
Speaking to students, new 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 canvas 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 councillor 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.”