Name revealed for new Soham school

Soham’s new primary school will be called The Shade after the area of the town in which it is being built.

Over 170 people gave their view on what the new school should be called, with just over half opting for the chosen name.

The Staploe Education Trust, the partnership led by Soham Village College that will run the new school, launched a consultation last month.

Four names were proposed, each with a connection to Soham and its history – The Shade, Northfield Windmill, Equiano and William Case Morris.

Meanwhile, building work on the new school started on Monday and is expected to be completed in the autumn.

The trust had originally hoped the school would take its first pupils in September.

Cambridgeshire County Council, which is funding the project, is now exploring the possibility The Shade Primary School’s reception class will start the school year in existing accommodation on the site of The Weatheralls Primary School and move into the new premises in January 2014.

As a result of the delay, The Shade will now open its pre-school provision in the spring of 2014 in its brand new rooms on the site. Detailed planning for this will start in March.

A meeting will be held at the college later this month for those parents who want to support the new school.

Dr Carin Taylor, principal at Soham Village College, said: “We will soon be creating a website for The Shade School and we hope to produce a monthly newsletter to update the community on our progress.”