Lace Hill Academy

News Archive 2015

25th August 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Academy to open at Lace Hill Site
Posted on: 25th Aug 2015

The opening of Lace Hill Academy.

Bucks County Council and the developers have accelerated the completion works and therefore in agreement with Bourton Meadow Education Trust, Lace Hill Academy will open at its official site in Catchpin Street to pupils on September 4th. This is great news for all of the Academy community. We do recognise that due to tight deadlines, we may not be as well prepared as we would have liked to have been and ask that you bear with us whilst we find our feet!

Please see the letter attached for more information.
Change to Menu - first two weeks only
Posted on: 17th Aug 2015

Tuesday 10th August 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the summer break. I am afraid we have some changes to make to the menu’s at Lace Hill. This is because Bourton Meadow Academy, who are providing the hot dinners, are having some extensive works carries out to their school roof and is affecting their ability to provide services to other schools.

Therefore on Friday 4th September the children will be provided a packed lunch. We will have a selection of sandwich filings and we will ensure your child gets their preference. Drinks, puddings, yoghurts and fruits will be provided also.

From Monday 7th September until Friday 18th September there will be an alternative menu. Please use attached form to select your revised choices for these two weeks ONLY. We will revert back to the original selections from Monday 21st September. If we don’t hear from you we’ll follow your original selections of main, vegetarian or jacket potato for this period.

If you have any queries you can contact the academy during the summer break by emailing

I look forward to welcoming you and your child to Lace Hill Academy in September.

Yours sincerely

Gareth Griffiths


Latest update regarding opening - IMPORTANT

Posted on: 17th Aug 2015

Dear Parents,

I am writing regarding the latest updates around the opening of Lace Hill Academy. Lace Hill Academy will open to pupils on September 4th and will be housed at George Grenville Academy. The plan is to move into the new premises at Lace Hill on November 2nd. Bucks County Council and the developers are continuing to work towards accelerating the completion date for the new building. At present, we do not know exactly when the building will be handed over to us, but it is possible that we will be able to significantly bring forward the opening date at Lace Hill. Once the Trust has all the assurances that the developers are able to guarantee a completion date, we will inform parents of the date we will move into Lace Hill.


Whilst housed at George Grenville Academy, transport to and from the school will be provided by Bucks County Council. The details of this should have already been sent to you by the Bucks County Council under separate cover.  If you have not received details of travel arrangements you can access the letter via the Lace Hill website News section If you have not confirmed your preferred travel option, please email Andrew Tusting at so that the necessary arrangements can be made and confirmed with you by Bucks County Council.

Enclosed is a letter detailing some changes that are required regarding lunch menu choices for the first two weeks of school.  Please return your new menu choices at your 1:1 consultation meeting on Wednesday 2nd or Thursday 3rd September.  You should have already had your appointment time confirmed. Please note these meetings will take place at the George Grenville Academy site, in Chandos Road, Buckingham, MK18 1AP.

The pupils first full day of school will be Friday 4th September. Please note the timings of the school day whilst we are housed at the George Grenville Academy will be as follows:

08:45 Arrival at school                    14:55 Depart from school

Nursery sessions will run from 08:45-11:45 and 11:55-14:55

Please note that wrap around care sessions do not start until Monday 7th September.  Should you wish to book wrap around care, please contact Mind the Gap via

Additionally enclosed is a letter to inform you of how to register for ParentMail so that we are able to update you on school news, activities and allow you to make payments for trips etc.  This will be the preferred way that Lace Hill Academy will communicate and accept payment from families, instead of traditional methods, therefore it is essential you complete your registration with ParentMail.

If you have any queries, comments or concerns regarding the arrangements for your child starting school you can contact the Academy during the summer break by emailing

I look forward to welcoming you and your child to Lace Hill Academy in September.

Yours sincerely

Gareth Griffiths


Headteacher Appointed!
Posted on: 8th Jan 2015

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Gareth Griffiths has been appointed Headteacher of Lace Hill Academy and will join the Trust in April 2015. We asked him to write a few paragraphs about himself:

I have been teaching for 13 years and have greatly enjoyed my career. I was born and raised in South-East London before moving to Bedfordshire for university. I trained at DeMontfort University, Bedford where I graduated with a BEd Honours degree with QTS, specialising in Science and PE.

During my career I have worked in a variety of primary schools of differing sizes from 120-850 pupils. For the last 6 years I have held senior leadership roles; I am currently Deputy Headteacher of a large junior school in Milton Keynes.

I feel enormously privileged to have been appointed to the post of Headteacher of Lace Hill Academy and as part of the BMET team. I’m looking forward to meeting all the pupils and their families in the upcoming months as we work in partnership to shape the future of education within the Windsor Park community.
Ismael lends a helping hand
Posted on: 2nd Dec 2014

Thirty children from Bourton Meadow Academy were given a special treat on Friday 28th November, when the site manager for national house builder Bellway Homes, carried out a demonstration to show them what was involved in building a wall.

The event was organised to coincide with the development of Lace Hill Academy which started on the 1st December and to also give the Year 2 youngsters an insight into all aspects of building and construction to help them with a Grand Designs topic that they are doing next term, which will result in them building their own structures.

Commenting on the demonstration Sales Manager for Bellway Homes, Lindsey Davenport said: “The arrival of the new primary school in the town has been much anticipated, and we were delighted to be able to give the children an idea as to what is involved in building. We all had a great afternoon, and the children found the demonstration very interesting and asked some fabulous questions.”

Executive Head Teacher for Bourton Meadow Education Trust Martyn Kitson added: “It is always wonderful when children are working on a topic for them to have some practical experience. The demonstration by Bellway tied in wonderfully well with next term’s topic, and of course has added to the excitement of the development of Lace Hill Academy."
Information Sessions
Posted on: 20th Nov 2014

We were delighted to welcome over 60 prospective parents at our information sessions on the 19th November. If you were unable to attend but would like more information about Lace Hill Academy please call us on 01280 823374 or email and we will send you the information pack parents received at the talks.

You can also view the Power Point presentation from the talks by clicking the link below.
Sod Cutting Ceremony
Posted on: 13th Nov 2014

Construction work is now underway, following a sod cutting ceremony on Wednesday 12th November in which pupils from Bourton Meadow Academy were joined by representatives from Barratt Homes and Directors of BMET, including Executive Head Martyn Kitson, to ‘cut the sod’ at the six hectare school site, located on the consortium’s 700-home Windsor Park development on London Road in Buckingham.

Children from Pupil Voice and others who live on Windsor Park attended the ceremony and enjoyed wearing high visibility jackets and hard hats as well at helping with the spade work!