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Another trust looks set to take over Grantham Bluecoat Meres schools

Two Grantham schools look set to join another trust, after parting ways with a previous trust at Christmas.

Bluecoat Meres Academy and Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy, formerly St Hugh's and St John's, could be brought under the Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust (SNMAT).

A process of due diligence has this week begun, required by the Regional Schools Commissioner which oversees academy trusts.

Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy. (18386341)
Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy. (18386341)

If all goes according to plan, SNMAT will become a sponsor of the Bluecoat Meres schools.

A statement to the Journal from the schools said: "The SNMAT is a Diocesan Multi Academy Trust with strong Christian values and is committed to ensuring that all that they do is in the best interests of young people and the communities in which they live.

"This is the beginning of a process that will take some time.During this period we will be keeping parents and community fully informed of developments.

"There will be no change to leadership, staffing or uniform during this time and the academies will continue to run as normal."

It was back in November when the Journal broke the news that the schools were to cease being part of Nottingham-based Archway Learning Trust by Christmas, after just eight months.

A statement from the school at the time said Archway was unable to be the permanent solution needed and so the schools were brought back under the West Grantham Academies Trust.

Parents went on to call for stability after a turbulent few years which have seen many changes in the schools' leadership.

Mark Fowle was brought in as interim Chief Executive Officer.

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