Academies to get new sponsor

Published on: 24 Nov 2016

TALKS are taking place to find a new sponsor for Winterbourne International Academy and Yate International Academy.

Trustees of The Ridings Federation of Academies, which runs the two schools, have agreed that "re-brokering" is needed. They are working with Regional Schools Commissioner Rebecca Clark and say the academies will transfer, together or separately, no later than the start of the next academic year in September 2017.

Three potential sponsors - Oasis Community Learning, Greenshaw Learning Trust and another, as yet unnamed - have expressed an interest in taking on the federation, which is set to have a deficit of £1m by the end of the academic year. 

Unions and some parents oppose the takeover, and were due to hold a "Save our Schools" meeting as the Voice went to print.

In a letter to parents, chair of trustees Claire Emery 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 development follows two further blows for the federation last month. Mrs  Emery announced that chief executive principal Adam Williams, who joined less than a year ago and has been off sick, would not be returning.

Meanwhile, an Ofsted monitoring visit by Her Majesty's Inspector James Sage said the Winterbourne academy, rated as requiring improvement a year ago, was not getting better fast enough. despite being South Gloucestershire's highest attaining school last year.

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