Firbeck Primary School joins forces with University Academy

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A local primary school has become an academy and will now benefit from the support of The University of Nottingham.

Firbeck Primary School in Wollaton became an academy on 1 July and the school, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2012, will now be known as Firbeck Academy, and will be part of the NUSA Trust which also supports the Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) in Bilborough.

The two schools have a history of working together and are further linked through their provision of specialist support for deaf pupils. Working within the trust will enable the academies to share resources and expertise for the benefit of pupils from the age of 3 to 19.
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University links

NUSA was one of the first academies in the UK to have direct sponsorship and academic links with a University and is also backed by businessman and philanthropist Sir David Samworth. Since it opened in September 2009, it has already gained national and international recognition for its partnership with the University and its innovative teaching and learning methods.

Only last year, the Academy received a resounding endorsement from Ofsted, after showing a remarkable improvement since its foundation.

Future opportunities

Firbeck Head Teacher Eudora Christian said: “We are very excited about the future opportunities that will be available through our partnership links with NUSA and The University of Nottingham. These will enrich the curriculum and the activities we are able to offer, enhancing the experiences and opportunities for our pupils, staff and community.”

Professor Alan Ford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at The University of Nottingham, said: “The University is delighted to welcome Firbeck Academy to the NUSA Trust. We look forward to the deepening of the relationship between the two academies, and welcome the opportunity for University staff and students to support the excellent work already being done at Firbeck”.


Photo caption: Firbeck teacher Mr Morris sits with 8-year-old Shareece Walsh at a Science Day at Firbeck in collaboration with The University of Nottingham staff and students.

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