Senior Leaders at two Multi-Academy Trusts, working with the Regional Schools Commissioner, are setting out a new vision for inter-trust relationships and collaboration.
Delta (formerly the Schools Partnership Trust) has been the sponsor since South Leeds became an academy in 2009. As South Leeds Life reported, the school’s latest Ofsted report in January this year recognised progress but still rate the school ‘inadequate’. Cockburn School’s headteacher David Gurney has recently been appointed a National Leader of Education.
Paul Tarn, Chief Executive Officer of Delta Academies Trust, said:
“Delta Academies Trust’s overarching vision is to be part of a Northern Alliance of outstanding multi-academy sponsors capable of working together to transform education for children in the region. Delta is committed to a model of system leadership that will enable Trust leaders to work collaboratively, supporting each other and strategically identifying where each of us can make a difference.
“Ofsted recently recognised the huge improvements at South Leeds, and we are confident that this summer’s results will reflect this. Staff and students at South Leeds are relentless in their determination to drive up standards and continue to transform the academy.
“We are now working closely with The Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust to look at the possibility of transferring The South Leeds Academy to their sponsorship. Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust, led by David Gurney, provides a high quality education for the children they serve. They enjoy the confidence of parents and the local community and are currently over- subscribed for the places they are able to offer.”
David Gurney, Chief Executive Officer of the Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust, said:
“It is a priority for both Cockburn and Delta to make sure that the young people across south Leeds achieve the highest levels of academic success. Everyone wants the very best education for their children.
“We would work carefully together to ensure that there is a smooth transition for all stakeholders. Our shared vision focusses on achieving a positive outcome for the current and future students at The South Leeds Academy.
“This would be an opportunity to work with the current students, parents/carers and staff at The South Leeds Academy and employ many of the successful strategies used at Cockburn School which has helped us to secure excellent outcomes for students.”
The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Vicky Beer, CBE, said:
“The fundamental aim of the academies programme is to drive up standards of education for all children.
“The CEOs and Boards of both Trusts have been looking at how they can play a strategic role in driving up standards for children in the local community.
“As an RSC, it is refreshing to see how MATs can work together and recognise their mutual strengths.
“Cockburn and Delta have a great working relationship which they are using to work collaboratively to support children.
“Cockburn School serves an area of Leeds where they enjoy enormous parental support; currently there are two first choice applications for every place at Cockburn.
“This solution could allow Cockburn to grow and Delta to support other schools in challenging circumstances.”