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Shake up for Yate academy as new operator gets green light

 MONTHS of uncertainty at Yate International Academy will come to an end with the transfer of the school to a new operator.

The academy, consisting of the senior school, the Woodlands primary phase and Woodlands nursery, will be taken on later this year by the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

It will see the end of a nine-year association with the Ridings’ Federation of Academies, which also runs Winterbourne International Academy.

The federation has faced traumatic times due to financial problems and being told that both the Yate and Winterbourne schools had to improve. It also saw two consecutive chief executive principals depart after just months in the job.

Locally-based Olympus Academy Trust and Castle School Education Trust are currently providing interim leadership support to the federation, with Dave Baker of Olympus acting as interim chief executive principal.

He said: “This is good news for Yate as it will provide a clear sense of direction with a confirmed timeline now.

“We have met with staff from Greenshaw Learning Trust to start planning the process for separating Yate from the Ridings’ Federation, which will be complex.” See Page 7.