Yate Academy set to return to separate primary and secondary schools

April 30 2018
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THE trust that took over Yate Academy is planning to separate its primary and secondary phases to create two separate schools.

Greenshaw Learning Trust has run the academy for the past eight months after the school broke away from the Ridings’ Federation of Academies.

Yate Academy consists of a nursery and primary school, known as Woodlands, and a secondary school, providing all-through education from the age of three to 19.

But Greenshaw has just started a consultation to divide them up from September, with comments accepted until May 14.

It said: “There are benefits to this separation for both schools, including formalising the leadership of the schools in line with other schools within the trust, the relationship the schools will have with Ofsted and other external bodies and how much funding is allocated to the schools.

“The existing strong relationship between all phases of the school will continue if the separation goes ahead, which includes sharing expertise and resources and the day-to-day operations will continue in their current form.”

The announcement comes after the recent departure of Paul Skipp, the academy’s principal since September 2015.

Isabel Ambrose is now leading the secondary school part of the academy, while Woodlands is in the charge of Kirsty Borrill.

The secondary phase has been an academy for a longer time than Woodlands, with the former King Edmund Community School in Sundridge Park becoming part of the Ridings’ Federation in 2009 and changing its name to Yate International Academy. Greenshaw subsequently dropped the “international” tag.

The former Woodlands Primary School, in the same road, joined the federation in 2011.

Greenshaw stepped in to run Yate Academy as a result of well-publicised difficult times for the Ridings’ Federation.

It experienced financial problems, the loss of two consecutive short-lived chief executive principals and poor assessments from education watchdog Ofsted of both the academies it ran at the time - Yate and Winterbourne.

The locally-based Olympus Academy Trust now runs Winterbourne Academy.