A primary school in Bromley has changed its name in the face of strong opposition from a group of parents. Princes Plain Primary put a consultation in place regarding the name change and suggested three possible alternatives, but many parents criticised the move.
Even with this opposition, the change of name has formally gone through and the school will now be known as The Trinity Church of England (CofE) Primary School. The move follows the school converting to one of “religious designation” after it joined the Aquinas CofE Education Trust at the start of the year. From 1st January, it also gained academy status.
The school began the consultation process before these changes took effect. The consultation ran from September 2014 to April 2015 and included a debate on a new logo and uniform. The consultation attracted criticism from some parents, who put together a Facebook page to try to prevent the changes going through. They believed the school’s name came with a heritage and that changing it wouldn’t have an impact on how it was run.
The new name was finalised at the end of the summer holidays following approval from their regional commissioner and stakeholders. All of the students will be provided with a starter uniform, and the school’s uniform policy will be relaxed to prevent parents having to replace existing items straight away.
Are you a parent at The Trinity CofE Primary School? Did you agree with the name change? Do you feel it will have a positive impact on the school?