Bourne Academy and Sir John Gleed School to partner in bid to raise standards

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A school in Bourne is set to partner with a neighbouring school in Spalding in a bid to improve standards.

Sir John Gleed School in Spalding is to join with Bourne Academy following negotiations with the school’s current sponsor, CfBT Schools Trust (CST).

South Lincolnshire Academy Trust (SLAT) is the new name for Bourne Academy, the company which currently operates Bourne Academy.

Gleed stays with its present trust, CfBT, for now but SLAT will become increasingly involved before it takes charge on September 1.

Bourne Academy is a successful 11 to 18 all-ability school with a consistent track record of results at GCSE nad A-level that has been judged as a ‘good’ school by Ofsted.

The transfer is the result of discussions with the Department for Education to secure local support for Sir John Gleed, with the aim of moving the school more quickly towards becoming ‘good’.

South Lincolnshire Academy Trust executive headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “Sir John Gleed School faces many of the issues that I recognise from my experience in educational leadership.

“We at the newly approved South Lincolnshire Academies Trust have agreed to sponsor the school from September 1, 2016 as we are confident that we can help the leadership and staff to further improve their educational standards.

“I am sure that an ongoing partnership with the consistently successful Bourne Academy will be advantageous for both schools.”

CfBT Schools Trust chief executive Chris Tweedale said: “This partnership will provide Sir John Gleed with sustainable, nearby support to continue to build on the recent progress it has made in raising educational standards.

“We are pleased that this progress was recognised by Ofsted in its December monitoring inspection, and are proud to have played our part in bringing it about.

“While we are sad to let the school go at a point when we feel it is turning a corner, we believe that working with Bourne Academy represents the best chance for Sir John Gleed’s future success.

“We wish students, staff and parents all the very best as they join their new sponsor.”

MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes (Con) welcomed the news.

He said: “This is obviously good news for Sir John Gleed School. The Bourne Academy Trust (SLAT) has a solid track record, are expert and experienced, and it should allow the school to build on its strengths and grow to achieve a great deal more.

“It’s good news for the students and parents and for those who care about the school. Gleed school has an important part to play in the life of Spalding and I am delighted this new chapter is beginning.”

SLAT executive headteacher Laurence Reilly and executive deputy headteacher Lucy Conley were at Gleed last week to meet leaders and staff.

Former Gleed governor Chris Schofield welcomed the switch and called for £3.5m saved by the school to be returned in its entirety by CfBT to enable capital projects to be carried out.

When Sir John Gleed joins South Lincolnshire Academy Trust, it will have access to resources and expertise from Bourne Academy, and benefit from tailored support from local education specialists.

A name change will be considered but Will Scott will be retained as head of academy at the Gleed 
school.