The Marches Academy Trust is pleased to welcome Longlands Nursery to their family of schools from January 2022.

Following extensive due diligence and public engagement events where stakeholders were invited to comment on the proposal, the Trust is pleased that Longlands Nursery will strengthen the nursery expertise within the Trust and continue the wonderful collaboration between the schools in the Trust in all aspects of learning and particularly continuing to develop creative curriculum projects. The nursery is situated at Longlands Primary School so will benefit from the fantastic facilities the school has to offer.

Longlands Primary School is a great primary school offering a varied curriculum with the uniqueness of a social farm and eco allotment area for children and young people to use in addition to sharing it with the community. The mental health and wellbeing of our children is so important and the social farm and animals offers an exciting way to develop skills whilst also benefitting from outdoor learning.

Ms Sarah Finch, CEO of the Marches Academy Trust, comments: “We believe by working together our schools are ensuring that we are developing as a strong multi academy trust based on achievement through caring. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Trust to grow in strength and through the Trust, Longlands Nursery will continue to grow and shine offering a fantastic start to education for children from aged 2 years.’

Mrs Zillah Cope, Headteacher at Longlands adds: “This is an exciting prospect for the whole school community. We can support the nursery with learning experiences and memorable moments that will stay with our children for the rest of their lives and inspire them to become life-long learners. We can share our knowledge to provide excellent learning opportunities and experiences for our pupils; whilst continuing our strong working relationship with our school community”.