Name chosen for new SEMH school at former Dinnington College

Students and staff have selected the name of a new school for youngsters with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs in Rotherham.

Wednesday, 27th April 2022, 10:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th April 2022, 2:36 pm

The new school, at the former Dinnington College, is due to open in September.

It will be the only one of its kind in the borough and will meet the growing need for specialist provision.

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The former Dinnington College

The new school will be called Elements, which was selected by staff and students at the Rowan Centre, who felt it represented the recognition of all the different qualities that the school will bring together to support young people to be able to achieve success.Other names considered included Sunrise Academy, Inspire Academy and Futures Academy.

A week-long online poll for people to select their preferred name attracted more than 730 votes.

Ethos Academy Trust (EAT), which was appointed to run the new 125-child school last month made the official naming announcement.Jayne Foster, CEO of Ethos Academy Trust said, ‘We are delighted with the name of Elements Academy for the new school. In particular, we are thrilled that the chosen name was the first choice for many of the pupils and staff who will be part of the academy.’

Councillor Victoria Cusworth, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “A lot of hard work and investment has gone in to creating this new specialist provision, so it’s exciting to see everything coming together, with the building work now almost complete, a highly-regarded free school provider on board and now a new name.

“‘Elements’ is a great name, which perfectly describes the way the new school will bring together the local community, other schools, parents, carers and professionals, with the common aim of supporting our children and young people to flourish, academically, socially and emotionally.“We want Rotherham to be a great place to grow up, where all children and young people are safe, valued, able to enjoy their lives and achieve their aspirations. Addressing children’s mental health needs is a key element of that agenda.”Demolition and adaptation work at Dinnington Campus to prepare for the new school began in November 2021 and is on course for completion soon.