Two primary schools added to Worle-based academy trust

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 April 2018

Neville Coles with pupils of both primary schools, Castle Batch governor Lucy Rees, headteachers Vicky Dupras and Lisa Dadds with Rachel Few, a family support and learning mentor.

Neville Coles with pupils of both primary schools, Castle Batch governor Lucy Rees, headteachers Vicky Dupras and Lisa Dadds with Rachel Few, a family support and learning mentor.

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A Worle-based multi-academy trust has expanded, by adding two primary schools to its group.

The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) already runs Worle and Priory Community Schools.

The regional schools commissioner and trustees have approved for St Anne’s Primary School, which has sites at Hewish and West Wick, and Castle Batch Primary School, in Worle, to join.

It takes the trust’s student numbers to nearly 2,400.

Neville Coles, executive principal at TPLT, said: “This is really good news. We’re delighted to welcome both schools to TPLT. These are very exciting days for our students, staff and community. We aim to make all four schools continually exceptional in every way.

“Joining together will result in huge benefits for all the pupils and students across all the schools. We are very much one team working together.”

Having the schools work more closely together, through the trust, could lead to new buildings and extensions to increase learning opportunities for pupils.

The trust has already received £1.5million in capital funding to spend on its schools.

A new science building opened at Priory last year, while Worle School has a new-look reception.

Vicky Dupras, headteacher at Castle Batch, said: “There are so many brilliant opportunities and benefits to becoming part of TPLT. We look forward to further developing relationships and sharing ideas.”

Staff from the schools have already met to discuss how to further boost results in English and maths, and to see how they can best cater for the most vulnerable students.

Lisa Dadds, headteacher at St Anne’s added: “We are very excited to be part of the innovative TPLT and to be working together in the years to come for the benefit of all children, staff and the local community.

“There is already a productive transition from primary to secondary school in place with activities to promote an increased knowledge and awareness of all of our students. Our new closer working together will help in so many different areas.”

Employees from all four schools will also benefit from the trust’s career development scheme.

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