Changing times for Yate Academy as it starts life as part of new trust

October 03 2017

A NEW era has begun at Yate Academy after the school formally broke away from the Ridings’ Federation of Academies and joined the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

A NEW era has begun at Yate Academy after the school formally broke away from the Ridings’ Federation of Academies and joined the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

The start of the new academic year saw the official switch, with the school also adopting its shorter name after dropping the “international” description.

In the first bulletin to parents after the move to Greenshaw, the academy said: “With the change has come a huge opportunity to develop and grow as a community.

“The team here at Yate Academy has grown too so we have capacity to further support teachers to ensure that every day is an outstanding one, with students reaching our high standards and high expectations. It is going to be a great year.”

The academy provides all-through education for children from the age of three to 19, with a nursery, the Woodlands primary phase, secondary school and sixth form.

Greenshaw said the Department for Education had decided the academy should be “re-brokered” and transferred from the Ridings’ Federation into a trust that could provide the support the school required.

It said it had been supporting the school, working closely with headteacher Paul Skipp and the leadership team, to help it ahead of the transfer.

Greenshaw chairman Mike Cooper said: "The values and ethos of Yate Academy match those of the Greenshaw Learning Trust and the trust has the experience and capacity to provide the support Yate needs.”

Two years ago, the academy was told by education watchdog Ofsted that it required improvement.

It came during a troubled time for the Ridings’ Federation, with which the Yate school had a nine-year association.

The federation had faced traumatic times due to financial problems, the loss of two consecutive short-lived chief executive principals and both its academies - Winterbourne as well as Yate - getting poor reports from Ofsted.

As well as the change for Yate, Winterbourne International Academy is now set to become part of the locally-based Olympus Academy Trust, probably in early 2018.