Multi-academy trust plans are under way

Woldgate School and Sixth Form College.
Woldgate School and Sixth Form College.

Plans to create a multi-academy trust, made up of local schools who would work together to support each other, will go ahead.

Woldgate School headteacher, Jonathan Britton, who proposed the creation of the trust - the ‘Wolds Learning Partnership’ - together with Trudi Fitzhenry, the headteacher of Stamford Bridge Primary School, speaks about the updated partnership plans following government changes.

Since the initial announcement that a consultation with parents and the community in December, the government has said that it now has ‘aspirations’ to convert all schools to academies.

After an eight-week consultation with parents and members of the community, the schools decided to proceed to register a formal interest with the Department of Education.

The process of creating the ‘Wolds Learning Partnership’ has required extensive negotiation between schools, to agree how they could work together collaboratively.

The inter-school working group has formulated a draft ‘Scheme of Delegation’ (a framework for partnership), identified the remit of the Trust and sought volunteers with the necessary expertise and experience to join the board.

The Trust will oversee the ‘Wolds Learning Partnership’. Currently, Woldgate School is in receipt of the original ‘academy order’ from the Secretary of State for Education - a document that authorises the school to convert, but the partnership expects to receive a new version this week.

During this period of change, the school hopes that in partnership and through the creation of the Trust it will be able to continue to provide vision, care and support, while remaining rooted in the local community.

Mr Britton believes it is important to protect our local schools, and to bring stability in an ever-changing educational world, so that as schools we can focus on what really matters: our children.