'Leaders, staff and governors are strongly committed to pupils' safety and well-being.'
'Staff are united in their committment and ambition for all pupils to do their best.'
Ofsted May 2017
Abbots Way, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2ES.
Telephone: 01782 694580

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3rd December


Dear Parents and carers,


Following a period of intense activity I am pleased to inform you that Friarswood Primary School transferred to the Co-op Academies Trust on 1 December. The school will now be known as Co-op Academy Friarswood.


In many ways school life will continue as normal but gradually over the next few months you will see some physical changes including exterior signage and the introduction of a new academy logo. The signage changes are likely to take place during February half term and the uniform changes will be introduced from September 2019. If new uniform is required before then it can be purchased in the usual way and the new logo will be available shortly. There is no requirement for parents to purchase new uniform at any time just to have the new logo on it. The transfer from the old to the new will take time and the Trust does not want any parent or carer to be out of pocket through this process.


Over the past few months the Trust has been working with senior staff at the school and this will be increasing. An important element of this work is the appointment of a new governing body. This draws on some existing governors as well as new governors, some drawn from senior management within the Co-op.


I want to take this opportunity to thank Linda Guest (Chair of Governors) and the other governors who are standing down for their significant contribution to the school over many years. The new chair is Alan Smith a local Area Manager in the Co-op. You can contact Alan by contacting the academy office.


If you would like to know a little more about the work of the Trust and how it works in conjunction with the Co-op to support its students, families and their communities just use the following link



We are ambitious for the future of Co-op Academy Friarswood and we believe we have a strong track record in building on the already excellent education given to all pupils. We know this will not happen overnight but we are committed to making this happen as soon as possible.


Best wishes


Frank Norris

Director of the Trust