On Thursday 10th January 2012 Mark Reckless MP joined children, parents and guests, including the Mayor of Medway, to attend the academy dedication service for St James’ C of E Primary Academy School on the Isle of Grain.
The service, held in the wonderful Norman church of St James, Grain, which neighbours the school, was very well attended. The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, led the dedication service following the school’s conversion to a Church Academy.
The St James’ school has been co-sponsored by the Rochester Anglican Diocesan Board of Education and The Williamson Trust.
“I was delighted to join both pupils and staff this morning at Grain church to celebrate the conversion of the school to an academy. This is an excellent opportunity for the school to build on the solid progress which has been made recently, giving them the freedom to take a pragmatic and effective approach to the education of children in Grain and the surrounding villages.
I would like to wish head teacher, Mrs Ginny Wilson, and everyone involved with the school the best of luck with their new academy status and I look forward to visiting again in the future.”