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Four schools unite to form new Multi-Academy Trust

Hertfordshire schools merge to enhance provision and quality of local education

Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 08, 2016 | Teaching

The Spiral Partnership Trust is celebrating the New Year with the announcement of a new educational partnership, which sees Fleetville Academies Trust formally merge with Spiral Academies Trust. The new multi-academy trust, which comprises four local primary schools (Fleetville Infant and Junior School, Mandeville Primary School and Chaulden Junior School), provides education to over 1,300 pupils across St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. 

The new partnership will enable the schools to work closely together to innovate, inspire and share good practice. Similar to many large secondary schools, the schools will also share services to boost economies of scale and make financial savings to further improve the quality of provision for local children and their families.  

Trustee and Chair of the Board of Directors, Professor Andrew Mayo, commented: 'This partnership is a model for the future of education. The directors compared every aspect of the individual organisations and reached a confident conclusion that the expansion of four schools working in unison, will bring enhanced opportunities for both staff and pupils, in sharing expertise and resources.”

Staff and students release balloons at the announcement

Executive head teachers Amanda Godfrey and Androulla Peek have a long history of working together to share good practice. “Working in collaboration with other schools and networks of professionals is a very important part of Spiral Partnership Trust’s ethos and we are very excited about the new opportunities we can offer our staff, parents and children as a result of this partnership' said Amanda Godfrey. 

The new Board of directors includes the directors of both previous Trusts. 

Androulla continues:“Our directors bring with them a vast array of skills and expertise which will add great value to our schools and further support our commitment to providing excellence in teaching and learning.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented team behind us.”

It is believed that in forming a larger partnership, the four schools will emerge stronger, better and able to meet the challenges ahead for the benefit of their pupils. Director Amanda Philips commented: “The educational landscape is changing rapidly with schools being encouraged to create partnerships to provide additional resilience, capacity and to embrace educational challenge.”

The four schools are all judged to be good and outstanding by Ofsted. Each school will still retain its own head teacher, governing body and a distinctive individual character. As academies, the schools also have a great deal of freedom and autonomy and are keen to remain a close part of the Hertfordshire family of schools.    

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