Problems pile up for Yate academy

November 30 2016

UNCERTAINTY is continuing at Yate International Academy after the federation that runs the school lost its second chief executive principal in the space of a year.

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UNCERTAINTY is continuing at Yate International Academy after the federation that runs the school lost its second chief executive principal in the space of a year.
Trustees of the Ridings’ Federation of Academies also announced they were seeking a new sponsor, with three potential candidates coming forward with expressions of interest.
Claire Emery, chairwoman of the trustees, said “re-brokering” the Yate academy and its partner school in Winterbourne was necessary because the schools, which are facing a potential £1 million deficit by the end of the academic year, could not sort out their problems quickly enough on their own.
In a letter to parents, she said: “It is in everyone’s interest that the Ridings’ Federation can secure rapid and sustained improvement for the benefit of our students within the necessary timescale.”
The trustees are working with the Regional Schools Commissioner, Rebecca Clark, and said the Yate and Winterbourne academies would transfer, either together or separately, no later than the start of the next academic year in September 2017.
The first two potential sponsors to come forward were Greenshaw Learning Trust and the national chain Oasis.
The third multi-academy trust to express an interest is a collaboration of the two local trusts Olympus and Castle School Education Trust (CSET).
CSET was established in 2013 when the Castle School in Thornbury became an academy and it now consists of seven South Gloucestershire schools.
Olympus has the same number of schools, including Bradley Stoke Community School.
However, a recent meeting organised for parents, staff and students of Winterbourne International Academy was told that Greenshaw was only bidding for Yate, while the other two had expressed interest in Winterbourne. A series of shock announcements from the federation lately included the predicted big deficit and the departure of Adam Williams as chief executive principal.
Mr Williams only joined in February and had been off sick since the start of the current term.
He had replaced Beverley Martin, who left after about seven months, and took on the task of improving Yate and Winterbourne academies after they were both judged by Ofsted to require improvement.
Progress was being made under Mr Williams and earlier this year, the Yate academy’s own principal, Paul Skipp, said changes made to get back on track were making a big difference, leading to positive comments from Ofsted.
Local MP Luke Hall has become involved in the situation, pledging to meet with the Education Secretary.  He said:  "The issues currently facing Yate and Winterbourne Academy require urgent attention, and I am hence in on-going discussions with neighbouring MP’s, and other local academies, to determine the most appropriate and effective way forward to ensure that our schools are delivering the best possible education.
I will also be meeting with the Secretary of State for Education next week in the hope of finding a speedy solution.”