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Lorrayne Hughes, WHT’s CEO and Executive Headteacher

William Howard Trust welcomes fourth academy

Longtown Primary School joins trust to drive school improvement

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 07, 2016 | People, policy, politics

The Department for Education have announced that William Howard Trust (WHT), a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Cumbria, will become the sponsor of nearby Longtown Primary School.

The primary school, which has 188 pupils on roll aged three to 11, was judged recently to be inadequate by Ofsted. The school believes Ofsted failed to recognise many of their strengths, however they did note that relationships are strong, attendance has improved and the vast majority of pupils behave well and treat one another and adults within the school with respect. 

WHT was approached not only because of its existing links with Longtown Primary School, which is a feeder school for William Howard School in Brampton, but also because it is making good progress in driving the school improvement agenda in Cumbria. 

Longtown Primary School will become the fourth academy and second primary academy to be sponsored by WHT. 

It is hoped that the conversion process will be completed in time for the return to school at the start of the academic year in September. 

Lorrayne Hughes, who is WHT’s CEO and Executive Headteacher, is committed to operating with a clear strategy for delivering the highest levels of attainment to enable each young person to reach their potential. She has enjoyed a long relationship with Longtown’s community.

She commented: “I look forward to welcoming Longtown Primary School into the Trust.  The Trust’s vision is about developing sustainable educational provision for children aged three to 18 within geographic localities. We already have good links with Longtown Primary School and now look forward ensuring a positive future for the school.”

Chair of Governors at Longtown Primary School, Callum Dawson, said: “It has been a challenging year for the school, but the resilience shown by the pupils, staff and our supportive community has ensured that it has been a successful year, and we look forward to working with Mrs Hughes and the William Howard Trust to further improve the school.”

In a letter to parents, Headteacher Geoff Norman said: “We are pleased that the Trust we will be working with includes William Howard School, as we see many opportunities for making links and supporting each other for the benefit of the children of Longtown, not just in their primary education but in their secondary education too.” 

Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council, believes WHT is an ideal sponsor for the primary school. She said: “William Howard Trust, a local sponsor, was the ideal choice for Longtown Primary School as the school is located within the William Howard School’s catchment area. The Trust’s focus on every child will build on the hard work that is already taking place, to ensure the best outcomes for the young people of Longtown.”

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