Multi Academy Trust Status

Posted by Suzanne Alexander

I wrote to all parents in the school in January 2016 to start a consultation period on whether Sir William Robertson Academy should form its own Multi Academy Trust. This consultation closed on SWRA Shield29th February 2016 and Governors unanimously approved submitting an application for Sir William Robertson Academy to develop its own Multi Academy Trust (MAT).  This application was submitted to the Department for Education in March 2016.

Eighteen months have now passed since we submitted our application and I am delighted to inform you that our Multi Academy Trust has been approved. Sir William Robertson Academy is currently a stand-alone academy but will now establish the Aspire Learning Trust as our Multi Academy Trust.

Within a Multi-Academy Trust all schools which join are governed by a single academy trust. The schools’ individual governing bodies will become Local Governing Bodies, subject to the oversight of the Multi-Academy Trust which has ultimate responsibility for the running of all of its academies. The Multi-Academy Trust will be accountable and responsible for the performance of all of the academies in the Trust and will delegate a range of decision-making powers to the Local Governing Bodies of the individual academies.

I am also delighted to announce that an academy order has been signed by the Regional Schools Commissioner to enable Bassingham Primary School to join the Aspire Learning Trust. Subject Bassingham logoto a successful due diligence period and TUPE transfer of staff, Bassingham will become the first primary school to join our Trust. The target date for their conversion is 1st February 2018.

From February 2018, both Sir William Robertson Academy and Bassingham Primary School will be run by the newly formed Aspire Learning Trust. The new Trust has been encouraged by the Department for Education to expand by taking on more schools in due course. Both academies will have representation on the main Trust board and each will have its own separate Local Governing Body with decision-making powers.

Bassingham Primary School will concentrate on developing the primary phase of the Trust and Sir William Robertson Academy will develop the secondary phase. Staff at Bassingham Primary School will be transferred across to the new Trust but it will be very much business as usual, and there are no changes planned that would affect staff in either school in any way. Collaboration between the two schools will bring new opportunities for our pupils and enhance learning in both settings.

We are all very excited about this next stage in the development of our two schools which share many common values and place children at the centre of everything we do and believe. I will write to you again nearer the transfer date with further details.

Mr Mark Guest     Ven Brian Lucas CB
Headteacher         Chair of Governors


Click to read the full letter: Multi Academy Trust Status Letter 26th September 2017

Click to read our News Release: Sir William Robertson Academy to become a Multi Academy Trust