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Newark's William Gladstone Church of England Primary Academy announce new name as the King’s Church of England Primary Academy

The new name for William Gladstone Church of England Primary Academy has been announced.

It will be The King’s Church of England Primary Academy — stemming from the school's desire to strengthen its links with Christ Church.

The school's new logo.
The school's new logo.

The school said it belonged to Christ the King.

It comes after the school decided to scrap its name after concerns were raised the former Prime Minister and Newark MP William Gladstone's family had links to slavery.

The name transition will not be immediate as there are legal parts of the process to complete.

A naming ceremony will be held in the coming weeks.

Sarah Clarke, head at the school, said: "Through recent difficult times, this has been something positive for us to focus on. We are excited that it is time now for us to share this with you.

"Reaching the name was a decision that was made across a wide section of groups, including staff, parents and governors. This then went to the trustees of the SNMAT to be approved, where a unanimous decision was reached.

"The name is a strong name that will quickly start to become known in our community as a name that is attached to our school — a name that we are all proud to belong to.

"We feel it is a name that stands well with our new logo and represents our school vision which is to grow confident and aspirational children who believe in themselves and contribute positively to their community and the wider world.

"Thank you all for your efforts with the new uniform. The children look and are so smart — this is a fresh start indeed for everyone.

"Our children, parents and all staff will be the founders of the school as it starts this very exciting chapter of its journey. Please let us know your thoughts of the new name. We hope you like it as much as we do."

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