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William Howard Trust launches in Cumbria

New education trust to change the face of education in Cumbria

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 21, 2015 | Teaching

The William Howard Trust (WHT), a not-for-profit charitable organisation, will be responsible initially for sponsoring three academies in Cumbria: The William Howard School in Brampton, Yewdale Primary School in Carlisle and Workington Academy, formed through the amalgamation of Stainburn School and Science College and Southfield Technology College. Collectively, the three academies have around 3,000 students on roll. 

Headed up by Lorrayne Hughes as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Headteacher, academies sponsored by WHT will operate with a clear strategy for delivering the highest levels of attainment and will focus on enabling every young person to reach their potential. 

The WHT strategy also includes a commitment to the professional development of staff and to ensuring that each academy becomes a welcoming hub for the community, industry and local businesses to enable all to benefit from its success.    

Around 400 teachers and support staff as well as directors and board members gathered at Carlisle Racecourse to mark the start of the Trust’s first day of operations and to hear about its long-term goal to gradually develop a family of academies in both the primary and secondary sectors that will provide an innovative and inspiring learning experience with excellent outcomes for all students. 

Mrs Hughes, who was formerly headteacher of the high performing William Howard School and the Executive Headteacher of Stainburn and Southfield Schools in 2014/2015, will now provide the strategic leadership for the Trust. 

She said: “Our purpose is to deliver an outstanding education and ensure all pupils and students receive the very best teaching and learning opportunities. We want everyone to be the best they can be, whether they are students, teachers, support staff or members of our Local Advisory Boards.   We aim to deliver year on year improvements and create an environment where all our students have a thirst and love for knowledge. Most of all, we want them to be happy. 

“We will achieve this through collaboration and through putting the student first at all times.  I cannot stress sufficiently, the need for close collaboration and great teamwork.  Only through having productive working relationships where we share knowledge and pool expertise, will we achieve the highest standards of teaching and become outstanding throughout all our academies. 

“And let’s not forget the communities we serve. William Howard Trust wishes to provide opportunities for greater participation by all in a wide range of activities and continued learning support.” 

The Regional Schools Commissioner, Jan Renou, said: “I wish the William Howard Trust every success as they embark on the new term and with the opening of the Workington Academy. I am delighted that the trust has seized the opportunity to drive the school improvement agenda in Cumbria – academies are playing a key role in the North region, in sharing expertise, providing challenge and driving forward improvements in the system.”    

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