Hookstone Chase Primary School joins Northern Star Academies Trust and opens new classroom extension

Andrew Bayston CEO of Northern Stars Academies Trust, Headteacher Ann Wheatcroft, Yvonne Staines (Hookstone Chase Primary School), Tracey McWilliams (Harrogate High School Academy Trust) with youngsters Lewie Flood (11), Zarana Gilthorpe (6), Benjamin Riley (6), Oliver Stansfield(6), Erin Robinson (11) and Ruby Stone (11).
Andrew Bayston CEO of Northern Stars Academies Trust, Headteacher Ann Wheatcroft, Yvonne Staines (Hookstone Chase Primary School), Tracey McWilliams (Harrogate High School Academy Trust) with youngsters Lewie Flood (11), Zarana Gilthorpe (6), Benjamin Riley (6), Oliver Stansfield(6), Erin Robinson (11) and Ruby Stone (11).

Pupils and staff at Hookstone Chase Primary School are “absolutely delighted” that the school has entered a new phase of development.

After nearly 25 years its outside classrooms have been demolished and replaced by a new four classroom extension - a transition which took place during the summer holidays. The build is the product of an eight month project Hookstone Chase developed in partnership with the project team at North Yorkshire County Council.

Headteacher Ann Wheatcroft, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new classrooms. Our children, supported by my colleagues, are making the most of the new learning facilities.”

Hookstone Chase has also completed academy conversion and joined the Northern Star Academies Trust at the start of the academic year. Northern Star is a multi-academy trust founded by Harrogate High School and Skipton Girls’ High School in April last year.

Andrew Bayston, Executive Principal of Harrogate High School, and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Star Academies Trust, has welcomed new pupils and colleagues to the Trust.

He said: “I am delighted to welcome Hookstone Chase Primary School as a new partner of Northern Star. Hookstone Chase is a strong partner primary and will strengthen our commitment and our ability to work more closely across the primary and secondary phases to the benefit of our young people. The new four classroom extension provides a wonderful learning environment that is already a benefit to all the children and will raise aspiration. The project team has done an excellent job.”