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Yewlands Academy joins Brigantia Learning Trust

After two terms of support and challenge, Yewlands Academy formally became a partner of Brigantia Learning Trust on 1 April 2018.

After two terms of support and challenge, Yewlands Academy formally became a partner of Brigantia Learning Trust on 1 April 2018. All previous ties with WCAT have now ceased.

This is an outcome that we have worked very hard to secure and means that we can build on the robust work undertaken by Mr Winslow (Interim Headteacher) and the leadership/staff teams so far.

Brigantia Learning Trust is a local and successful Trust bringing together three primary, two secondary schools and one sixth form college. We are deeply committed to ensuring local children receive the very best education possible and to work together in partnership to secure this central aim.

Given the need for continuity, students, parents/carers and staff should not be aware of substantial change at this point of transfer. Importantly:

1. Mr Winslow will continue to be Interim Headteacher at Yewlands Academy.

2. The successful improvement plans and initiatives introduced this year will continue to be driven at pace.

3. We have no plans to change the school uniform/dress code or logo.

4. We will continue to communicate with you on a regular basis to ensure you are fully aware of our plans.

Nevertheless, there are always some changes that arise through transfer that are worth noting:

1. In addition to the Local Governing Body (LGB), the school will be governed by a small and specialist Board made up of representatives from the LGB and Directors from the Trust. This specialist board will continue for the next 18 months.

2. Whilst the Academy will retain its unique identity, it will adopt systems and practices that we know to be successful in the Trust.

3. The Academy website is being re-designed alongside a slight change to some parts of its content. This should go live from 4 May 2018.

4. Letter headings/publicity materials/signage will begin to appear with the addition of Brigantia Learning Trust logo.

Our new partnership with Yewlands Academy is an exciting opportunity for students, parents/carers, the community and Brigantia Learning Trust as a whole. I hope our work in the school so far shows the depth of our commitment moving forwards.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and senior staff, I am convinced that we can enjoy a strong future together.

Yours sincerely

David Drayson - Chair of the Brigantia Learning Trust Board

Article Published : 27/4/2018