Larkspur Academy sings to a new tune

Published: 18 Sep 2018

Hertfordshire’s “newest” academy has opened its doors to some well-known, and new, faces.


Larkspur Primary Academy, formerly Tower Primary School, in Tower Road, Ware, reopened on 1 September with its new name – and a new uniform for its returning and new pupils.


Its relaunch will be officially marked at a ceremony on Wednesday (19) when Councillor Terry Douris, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, will cut a ceremonial ribbon.  Pupils will also perform the new “school song” and will enjoy activities including face painting.


In March 2017, Tower Primary School was judged as “inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors, prompting the Secretary of State to issue an order directing its conversion to academy status.


As a result the council teamed up with the Ivy Learning Trust, a small academy trust based in North London and Herts, to work positively together to prepare the school to reopen as an academy. 


The work included ensuring that all aspects of Tower Primary School were improving, prompting very positive feedback following an Ofsted monitoring visit in June 2018.


Councillor Douris said: “The council is confident that under the strong leadership and commitment of the Ivy Learning Trust, this improvement will continue and provide the best opportunities for the pupils.


“The council welcomes the trust’s commitment to create partnerships and build relationships to support the teaching and learning of the children and the emphasis the trust makes on its schools becoming an integral part of its local community.”


Matthew Kleiner-Mann, CEO of the Ivy Learning Trust, said: “Larkspur is here to provide a fantastic start in life for the children in our local community.


“More and more families are realising that Larkspur should be their first choice – it really is a great new school for children in Ware.”