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Steph Takes New Academy by Storm

23rd May 2014

Steph Takes New Academy by Storm

?Happy hearts, happy minds, learning together?, the motto of the Norton Primary Academy, was brought to life for pupils and visitors this week when they welcomed BBC Breakfast reporter, Steph McGovern, to celebrate the school?s conversion to academy status. Steph, who grew up in Middlesbrough, made a short visit to the school which converted to an academy in January this year and spoke about the importance of believing in yourself and reaching for the stars.

Principal Susan Dawson welcomed over 80 visitors including Councillor Barbara Inman, Mayor of Stockton and Les Walton CBE, chair of the Northern Education Trust, which is Norton Academy?s sponsor. The children developed an art exhibition which included work in the style of local artist, Mackenzie Thorpe, and there was a surprise pop-up dance routine performed by children planted in the audience set to the popular Pharell Williams tune, ?Happy?. The children also developed and performed a new academy song written with the help and support of Mike Mcgrother, lead singer of the ever popular band, Wild Cats of Kilkenny.

Norton Academy?s current roll is 350 with a 39-place nursery.? It became an academy with the Northern Education Trust in order to further enhance opportunities for school improvement. With good SATs results last year, the school is now on a track of continuous improvement.

Susan Dawson, said:? ?We are delighted to have been able to welcome Steph McGovern to the school today. She is a great local role model for our children and demonstrates that if you believe in yourself, you can fulfil all of your dreams.? This is a very important message that I want all our children to take home with them.?

Steph McGovern, who is passionate about the need for self-belief, commented on the happy atmosphere within the school and shared some funny anecdotes about her role at BBC Breakfast where she is the business reporter. She added:?

?I grew up in Teesside and it is really important to keep your regional accent because it is a big part of who you are.? When I come to schools like Norton Primary Academy and meet children who have their lives and careers before them, I hope in some small way that I can inspire them to do better by sharing my own story with them and telling them never to give up on their dreams.?

Northern Education Trust is a not for profit charitable trust and sponsors 18 academies throughout the northeast and northwest of England.? Established almost two years ago, Northern Education Trust works with schools only by invitation.