Community will have say on Revoe name

School bosses are consulting on changing the name of Revoe Primary to Armfield Academy.

School bosses are consulting on changing the name of Revoe Primary to Armfield Academy.

School bosses have promised the community will be part of any changes made to the name of a Blackpool primary school.

Parents at Revoe Primary have been consulted on proposals to change its name to Armfield Academy in honour of Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield.

The idea was welcomed by community leaders who said the inspirational name could help instil pride in the area.

And council chiefs have said the changes will transform the Grasmere Road school.

Coun Ivan Taylor, cabinet member for schools, said: “What the school really needs is stability. I’m confident that under new, permanent leadership the school will transform into a place where children can realise their potential.”

The school is currently under local authority control, but after a damning Ofsted report in 2013, it has been working closely with Blackpool multi-academy trust, comprising Anchorsholme, Devonshire and Park schools.

It is set to convert to academy status later this term, with a proposed name change.

Armfield Academy proved the most popular of the suggestions in a letter sent to families, but some have raised concerns about the implications of the changes.

Mum Danielle Heathwaite, 32, who has three children at the primary, said: “The name Armfield Academy wouldn’t bother me but if they do change it I don’t want to have to pay for all new uniforms, they’re expensive enough.”

And former pupil Gina Houghton, 54, who grew up on Ibbison Court, said: “The name of the school is part of the community’s identity.”

But school bosses have promised no name change will be made without the support of the community.

Graeme Dow, formerly Revoe headteacher and now head at Anchorsholme Academy, said: “The name is merely a suggestion. The school has had a difficult time and it needs a fresh start. We will make sure the community, who are passionate about Revoe, are happy with any changes.”

Armfield Academy – your views

Readers took to blackpoolgazette.co.uk to share their views on the name change proposal:

Chris Leahy said: “What would help the community of Revoe is to invest in the school by getting more education equipment, staff for the children, reduced lunch prices, cheaper school uniforms, free school bus service etc.”

Seaside Syd: “It’s a great idea. Jimmy Armfield is a true hero of Blackpool and a true gent. Who better for the school to be called after.”

Debra Dawkins: “A new name doesn’t cure core issues.”

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