Yate primary school could become an academy

March 19 2019
Yate primary school could become an academy

A YATE primary school is set to join an academy trust which already runs two other schools in the town.

Tyndale Primary School is currently in special measures, having received an inadequate rating from Ofsted inspectors last year after they decided standards had “declined significantly”.

Currently a local authority-maintained school, at a monitoring inspection in January, Ofsted said leaders and managers were “taking effective action towards the removal of special measures”, saying that their improvement plan and the council’s statement of action were both fit for purpose for the school in Tyndale Avenue.

Now the school’s leaders and governors have proposed that it should become an academy and join the Greenshaw Learning Trust, saying that becoming an academy will provide the “best learning environment” for the children there.

Chair of governors Mel Loveder said: “Being part of the Greenshaw family of schools will enable Tyndale to collaborate more closely with like-minded schools – both primary and secondary – and bring support and economies of scale that will benefit our pupils.

The trust shares our values and works in the community Tyndale serves, and it understands our pupils’ strengths and needs.”

Yate Academy and Woodlands Primary are already academies with the trust, and according to a leaflet on the proposal for Tyndale which has gone out to parents, they have “improved rapidly” since coming under its umbrella.

The leaflet goes on to say: “As an academy, Tyndale will have greater control over how it is run and more choice over how it spends the money allocated to it, and which services it obtains from whom. The school will be able to secure better value for money and free up resources to use for the school’s own priorities.”

Greenshaw Learning Trust chair Mike Cooper said: “We are delighted that Tyndale Primary School wants to join our Trust. Tyndale will benefit from close collaboration with the trust’s other schools and the support the trust can provide will help Tyndale on its journey of improvement.”

Academies under the same trust share resources and expertise, and build stronger links, and it’s suggested that such a relationship could be forged between Yate Academy and Tyndale Primary if the plans go ahead, benefiting children as they move up to the secondary school.

At the moment a consultation process is underway, and parents are asked to give their views by April 4.

Agreements will have to be reached between the school, trust and South Gloucestershire Council, and the proposal also has to be approved by the Regional Schools Commissioner.

If it gets the go ahead, Tyndale could join the Greenshaw Learning Trust in June.

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