MP John Hayes is delighted a new chapter has begun for Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School as it switches to South Lincolnshire Academy Trust (SLAT).
The trust runs the successful Bourne Academy and the South Holland and The Deepings MP will meet its leaders soon to discuss his hopes for Gleed’s future.
Gleed stays with its present trust, CfBT, for now but SLAT will become increasingly involved before it takes charge on September 1.
Mr Hayes said: “This is obviously good news for Sir John Gleed School. The Bourne Academy Trust (SLAT) has a solid track record, are expert and experienced, and it should allow the school to build on its strengths and grow to achieve a great deal more.
“It’s good news for the students and parents and for those who care about the school. Gleed school has an important part to play in the life of Spalding and I am delighted this new chapter is beginning.”
Mr Hayes says SLAT will bring “big ambitions and greater confidence” to Gleed and build on its existing strengths.
Gleed school has an important part to play in the life of Spalding and I am delighted this new chapter is beginning.MP John Hayes
“Schools prosper when the people running them – and the people around them – have confidence in their students and in their prospects,” he said.
SLAT executive headteacher Laurence Reilly and executive deputy headteacher Lucy Conley were at Gleed on Thursday and Friday to meet leaders and staff.
Mr Reilly told us: “Sir John Gleed School faces many of the issues that I recognise from my experience in educational leadership.
“We at the newly approved South Lincolnshire Academies Trust have agreed to sponsor the school from September 1 as we are confident that we can help the leadership and staff to further improve their educational standards.
“I am sure that an ongoing partnership with the consistently successful Bourne Academy will be advantageous for both schools.”
Former Gleed governor Chris Schofield welcomed the switch and called for £3.5million saved by the school to be returned in its entirety by CfBT to enable capital projects to be carried out. He also called for CfBT’s Rapid Improvement Board to step down so the new trust can begin its work and for better marketing of the Post-16 Centre.