Sheffield school marks opening with tree planting and opening

Pupils take part in a Bollywood style dance at the High Hazels ceremony
Pupils take part in a Bollywood style dance at the High Hazels ceremony

Pupils and staff at a school in Sheffield celebrated its official opening with a tea party, dancing and tree planting.

High Hazels Academy in Darnall became an academy in January – replacing Greenlands Nursery Infant School and Greenlands Junior School.

A foundation day was held for staff, pupils and invited guests to formally celebrate its opening and set out its vision for the future.

Highlights included a Bollywood dance and a rendition of Let it Go, from popular Disney film Frozen, by the school’s choir.

Representatives of the pupils, staff, parents and governors each signed a pledge in which they committed to support the school to achieve its aims.

After the ceremony, pupils marked the start of the school’s new era by helping to plant a hazel tree in the grounds.

The celebrations culminated in a giant tea party.

Lesley Dolben, High Hazels executive headteacher, said it was a ‘marvellous’ event.

She said: “This is a school very much built on partnership, so it is appropriate we welcomed so many members of our community and United Learning to the foundation ceremony.

“With their support we look forward to delivering on the huge potential of High Hazels to become an outstanding school.”

Darran Lee, director of primary education at academy sponsor United Learning, said: “This event was a great way to formally welcome High Hazels into our group. We are excited to be working with the school as it continues to develop and look forward to offering our support wherever it is needed.”