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Hardwick Green Primary, the first school to join the trust

Enquire completes 20th conversion

Enquire Learning Trust welcomes Thameside primary school to its cluster

Posted by Stephanie Broad | February 23, 2016 | Law, finance, HR

Thameside’s Moorside Primary School is the latest school to join multi academy trust, Enquire Learning Trust.

This latest conversion takes the number of schools under the auspices of the trust to 20. The first school to join Enquire Learning Trust was Hardwick Green Primary Academy, Stockton. Since then the trust has carried out a further 18 conversions with primary schools in Lincolnshire, Greater Manchester, The Tees Valley and the Humber Bank. 

The trust, which was established by executive director Darren Holmes and Ronnie Woods, is currently responsible for the education of some 6,000 children and employs in the region of 1060 staff.  It operates on a cluster basis, working with schools that are rated outstanding by Ofsted as well as those previously judged to be inadequate. The Trust provides oversight, challenge and support to all schools and creates a culture and structure through which academies are able to work together for collective benefit. This is enabling schools to improve their provision for pupils and secure stronger outcomes, including improved results in key stage two tests.

Speaking about the Trust’s continued growth, executive director Darren Holmes said: “We are delighted to complete the conversion of Moorside Primary. Working with the school has allowed us to extend our reach in the North West and we are very much looking forward to engaging with the staff and learners at the school and help them to build upon their existing strengths and distinctive ethos.

“We anticipate adding a further six schools within The Enquire Learning Trust MAT in the Spring.” 

On each occasion the Trust has been advised by law firm Swinburne Maddison LLP (Swinburne Maddison), which has been working on its behalf for the past two and a half years. 

Headed up by partner Alex Wilby, Swinburne Maddison advised on all aspects of the transition from local authority control to that of The Enquire Learning Trust.  During this process the law firm has advised on matters related to the transfer of assets, employment law, the granting of a lease as well as ensuring that all funding arrangements met with the parameters set out by the Secretary of State for Education.

Speaking about its work for The Enquire Learning Trust, Wilby said: “I am delighted that another primary school has now achieved sponsorship by The Enquire Learning Trust. Each conversion comes with its own challenges, as all schools and local authorities operate on a different basis. We look forward to working further with The Enquire Learning Trust and support it as it continues to grow and make a difference to the education of school children in the north of England.”    

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