Haverhill carol service hits the right notes

A Christmas carol service which saw two primary schools in Haverhill join up in harmony with one of the town’s secondary schools has been hailed a success.

The annual joint schools carol service for Castle Manor Academy, Burton End Primary Academy and Place Farm Primary Academy was held at St Mary’s Church.

Madeline Vosper, headteacher at Burton End, said: “The carol service is always an enjoyable, yet reflective, occasion.

“It is an opportunity for staff, students and pupils to get together and sing carols they have prepared as individual schools and then in partnership with one another.

“The younger children from the two primary schools enjoy joining with the older students from Castle Manor and it is a lovely occasion for parents and staff to attend in support.

“As a headteacher who leads the school choir, it is one of the highlights of my year – not only leading the Burton End choir but joining in with all the other pupils, students and staff in the singing of all the usual traditional Christmas carols.”

Each academy sang an individual song before joining together with children to share readings throughout the service. The schools formed the Castle Partnership Academy Trust which recently joined the Samuel Ward Academy Trust.