First day for Sheffield’s High Hazels Academy

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Pupils and staff are today celebrating their very first day as part of High Hazels Academy, which replaces Greenlands Nursery Infant School and Greenlands Junior School in Darnall, Sheffield.

As High Hazels, the two schools will work closely together and, later this year, make an application to formally join together as one to reflect their shared leadership and ethos.

High Hazels has joined United Learning, which is a group of academies and independent schools including Sheffield Park Academy. As part of United Learning, High Hazels will be able to share best practice with schools across the country and staff will benefit from the group’s wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities.

Executive principal of High Hazels, Lesley Dolben, said: “We are very pleased to be High Hazels Academy – a name chosen by our school community – and look forward to formally becoming one school in the near future.

“When exploring academy status we were attracted by United Learning’s ethos of bringing out the best in everyone and are excited by the opportunities of being part of a national group.”

Jon Coles, chief executive of United Learning, said: “I would like to offer High Hazels Academy a warm welcome into United Learning.

“We are looking forward to supporting Lesley Dolben, the governors, pupils and their families as they accelerate the progress already underway here.”