Eastwood primary school renamed after nursing pioneer in NHS tribute to mark start of a new era
The start of the new year at an Eastwood primary school will also represent the beginning of a new era, and to mark the moment it has been renamed in a tribute to the NHS heroes of the pandemic.
The former Brookhill Leys Primary and Nursery School, on Chewton Street, will now be known as the Florence Nightingale Academy after it joined the expanded the White Hills Park Trust group.
Executive headteacher Jacquie Sainsbury said: “We are delighted to be part of the trust and the partnership will bring mutual benefit.
"As White Hills Park get to know our amazing Eastwood community, they will see exactly why it’s a special place to be.”
The new school name was chosen from many suggestions in reference to this historic year, which is also the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Jacquie said: “Florence Nightingale was a trailblazer of her time. Brought up in Derbyshire, she became a most important figure in the development of nursing and the establishment of a nursing school at St Thomas’ hospital in London, which this year saved the life of our Prime Minister and thousands more from COVID-19.
“Alongside recognising Florence, our new name is also a dedication to the amazing work of our nurses, doctors, carers and cleaners of today. In the year of lockdown 2020, we are saying thank you to the NHS.”
Over the last year, governors, parents and staff at the school have been considering options for the school’s future and it converted to become an academy in January.
They concluded that joining the White Hills Park Trust offered advantages for sharing of good practice, resources and capacity.
They also hope the freedoms afforded to academy schools will give them greater control over the curriculum, and opportunities for staff development.
The White Hills Park Trust already includes Alderman White School in Chilwell, and Bramcote College and Sixth Form.
Chief executive Paul Heery said: “As the first primary school in the trust, they will bring a new perspective and contribute to the development of all of our schools.
“We are very excited at the benefits this partnership will bring to children and young people in Broxtowe.”