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Howard Community Academy, in Bury St Edmunds, hopes new logo will herald new era for school




Howard Community Academy, formerly Howard Community Primary, has cause for celebration.

The school in Bury St Edmunds, besides changing its name, has taken on a new logo as part of joining the Anglian Learning Trust in April 2020, and hopes it will herald a new era.

It was rated as ‘inadequate’ in its most recent Ofsted report in 2017 and has faced challenges in improving its students’ expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

It is hoped the new logo will herald a new era at Howard Community Academy. Picture: Samantha Ladds.
It is hoped the new logo will herald a new era at Howard Community Academy. Picture: Samantha Ladds.

However, since joining Anglian Learning last year, the school has gone from strength to strength.

“It has been remarkable to see the transformation at Howard over the last year,” said Prue Rayner, director of Anglian Learning.

"We are incredibly proud of the progress that has been made despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19."

The school's new logo will be phased in over this year's summer term. Picture: Samantha Ladds.
The school's new logo will be phased in over this year's summer term. Picture: Samantha Ladds.

Prue said it was clear that Howard was at the heart of the community and the trust had been working closely with pupils, staff, parents, the PTA and members of the wider community to understand what people knew and appreciated about the school.

“Through these conversations, we learnt that the many fantastic things that have been happening in the school over the last few years are not being seen and heard by the wider community, and that people felt our current school logo did not reflect the happy and vibrant school that we all know and love," she said.

“We hope that this new logo and our new commitments – aspiration, experiences, nurture and community - alongside a more proactive effort to share the positive things that are happening in the school, will help everyone share our excitement, pride and positivity about the school."

Alison Weir, acting headteacher at Howard Community Academy, said everyone at the school was proud of the new logo and hoped it would become a source of 'immense pride' for the local community.

Students from the school visited a care home at Christmas last year - it is part of their wider involvement in the community. Picture: Mark Westley.
Students from the school visited a care home at Christmas last year - it is part of their wider involvement in the community. Picture: Mark Westley.

"I would like to thank all the pupils, colleagues and members of the community who helped us throughout this process - your support has been invaluable," she said.

The academy’s new logo will be gradually phased into the school throughout the summer term and branded uniform items will be slowly introduced over time.

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