A Plumstead primary school has officially joined PolyMAT, a multi-academy trust.

As of Wednesday, November 1, 2023 Bannockburn Primary School has joined the organisation.

Bannockburn is a large, feeder primary school to the area’s two, existing secondary schools and aims to develop its primary offer to other schools.

The school prides itself on “fostering a unique and diverse learning environment that empowers students to reach their full potential”.

A Bannockburn Primary School spokesperson said: “Bannockburn is a school with high aspirations for pupils, their families and the community of Plumstead.

“The arrival of Bannockburn means that we now provide education to over 3600 young people in the Thamesmead and Plumstead locality and can extend our work to achieve our vision of Success for Everyone through a cross-phase approach to the education journey.

“Bannockburn’s longstanding success and popularity are driven by their caring culture which always puts children first.

“This was evident from our first discussions and it was clear that PolyMAT’s values of Care and Unity are already reflected in how Bannockburn look after their children and their community.”

Bannockburn Primary School has two sites, both located in Plumstead.

The Manor Way site also has a purpose-built nursery.

On Wednesday morning, CEO of PolyMAT, Tim Plumb, and COO, Alexa Rendell, visited Bannockburn’s High Street and Manor Way sites to extend a warm welcome and deliver some chocolates.

The visit commemorated Bannockburn joining the trust as the school and the trust looks forward to what the future holds for the pairing.

Rachel Ford, Headteacher of Bannockburn Primary School, said: “We are all excited to build on our partnership with PolyMAT; sharing an aligned vision to provide our school communities with new opportunities and quality experiences".

Tim Plumb, CEO of PolyMAT, said: “Bannockburn is the perfect school to be the first part of our primary offer, and we warmly welcome their staff, children and community into our partnership – this is a special day for our schools and our Trust.”