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Grantham schools to join Nottingham trust

Grantham schools St Hugh's and St John's are to join a Nottingham trust.

The Archway Learning Trust will take over the running of the two schools which are currently part of the West Grantham Academy.

Today, letters explaining the move have gone out to parents. Regional director of Archway Learning Trust, Stuart Anderson, has told parents that the move will take place after Easter, probably on May 1.

West Grantham Academy St Hugh's (7475248)
West Grantham Academy St Hugh's (7475248)

St Hugh's will change its name to Bluecoat Meres Academy and St John's to Bluecoat Meres Primary Academy.

Mr Anderson said this was a positive move for both schools. He said: "To date, the performance of these schools has not been as strong as it needs to be and that needs to change for the good of your children and for the reputation of your community. We are clear that we are here to drive up standards and look forward to working in partnership with you to do this."

Last year Ofsted described St Hugh's as 'inadequate' although executive headteacher Susan Dench was praised, saying how she “helped rescue the school from a position of near chaos.” A follow-up report said some progress was being made.

Mr Anderson added: "There will be a number of changes to things as the transfer begins to take place. Whilst some of these will be around routines in the building, there will also be some additional staffing changes as Archway brings some of its staff to help support key areas of the school.

"These are genuinely really exciting times for the school and your children."

Archway Learning Trust has four secondary and one primary school in Nottingham. It says it has a very scucessful track record of improving schools and offers a range of support and expertise.


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