12th May, 2021

New head, new name, new start for 'troubled' Roman Way First School

ROMAN Way First School in Winyates has been given a new beginning as part of Central RSA Academies Trust (CRSAAT) – which runs RSA Arrow Vale – and a new name – Arrow Valley First School.

The troubled school, branded ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted at its last inspection in 2019 was put into Special Measures in 2020.

At the time inspectors said teachers didn’t appear to know how to teach the writing curriculum and that not all pupils were receiving the full maths curriculum.

At the time they described the school’s leadership and management as ‘inadequate’ and the quality of education as ‘inadequate’.

Now it’s all change at the school with a new principal, Sarah Allen, formerly head of Abbeywood Infants School in Church Hill, also part of the RSA family, taking charge.

She said: “I have fallen in love with the place and we are in a really positive situation.

“The staff are already enjoying benefits from working within a learning community where knowledge, skills and experiences are shared.

“We have been on quite the journey already since I joined the school and are all hugely excited about the excellent opportunities that joining CRSAAT offers our students, staff and the wider school community,” she added.

As well as a new name, pupils will also be getting a new school badge and new uniform, with items provided free by the academy trust.

“We will obviously be going through a period of transition and we will not be expecting parents to spend any money unnecessarily,” said Sarah.

CRSAAT is a multi-academy trust formed in September 2012, and with the inclusion of Arrow Valley will be nine academies strong.

Its mission statement is to ‘provide social justice for all, positively impacting on the students, staff, parents and wider communities its schools are part of, and ensuring all students receive the opportunities they deserve’.

Guy Shears, executive principal, said: “We are delighted Arrow Valley First School is joining CRSAAT.

“We now have nine schools within our Trust, with children from the age of three up to Sixth Form aged young adults.

“Our schools are in two hubs, in Tipton in the Black Country, and in Redditch in Worcestershire.

“The schools and their staff work together to ensure the best possible learning for the young people and sharing so our staff can be the best they can be.”

Arrow Valley First School begins on April 19 when pupils return after Easter.

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