A headteacher of a Cambridgeshire primary school says she is delighted it is becoming part of a leading educational trust.

The Pathfinder Church of England Primary School joined the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) on September 1, having been a local authority-maintained school since it opened in 2017.

Headteacher Stephanie Lockwood said the support provided by the Trust would be hugely beneficial to the school achieving its ambitions for the future.

“I feel part of the DEMAT family already,” she said, “It’s great to be part of the team.”

“It’s really exciting to be converting to the Trust, it has been a long journey to this point.

“Having that experienced leadership at the Trust and the support of other teaching staff will be hugely valuable to Pathfinder.

“It’s all about being able to support my pupils and staff to reach their full potential and fulfil their ambitions.

“Being part of 39 schools in the Trust, knowing there is that support network across a range of schools and catchment areas, will help us achieve our goals for the future.”

The school is at the heart of Northstowe, a growing new town north-west of Cambridge.

Mrs Lockwood said: “It was opened in September 2017 and was the first primary school in the new town.

“When we first opened there were only half a dozen houses that were lived in.

“The school is a two-storey building so really stood out but over the last four years houses have built up all around us.

“We are now nestled in the middle – it feels like we are the nucleus of the town.”

Adrian Ball, CEO of the Trust, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Pathfinder to the DEMAT family of schools.

“Pathfinder has big ambitions for the future and has worked hard to establish a caring atmosphere and culture of success among its pupils.

“We are looking forward to working with the school and helping its ambitions become a reality.”

More information on Pathfinder.