Trust switch brings good news for Spalding’s Gleed School

Will Scott celebrating with pupils last month when a monitoring inspection showed the school had made progress.
Will Scott celebrating with pupils last month when a monitoring inspection showed the school had made progress.
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The much-criticised CfBT Education Trust is pulling out of Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School, a step expected to lead to a positive new chapter for pupils studying there.

From September 1, Gleed will switch to South Lincolnshire Academy Trust (SLAT), which runs the successful Bourne Academy.

We feel that the many similarities between Bourne Academy and Sir John Gleed will mean that we can offer a good local solution by working together effectively to continue to improve both schools.

Executive head Laurence Reilly

Rated “good” by Ofsted, Bourne Academy won Secondary School of the Year in the 2014 Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

Will Scott remains in post at Gleed as head of academy.

News was broken to parents yesterday (Wednesday) by CfBT chief executive Chris Tweedale in a letter posted on the school website. He said the switch came about following discussions with the Department for Education.

Mr Tweedale says: “This partnership will provide Sir John Gleed with sustainable, nearby support to continue to build on the recent progress it has made in raising educational standards.

“We are pleased that this progress was recognised by Ofsted in a December monitoring inspection, and are proud to have played our part in bringing it about.

“While we are sad to let the school go at a point when we feel it is turning a corner, we believe that working with Bourne Academy as part of South Lincolnshire Academy Trust represents the best chance for Sir John Gleed’s future success.”

A Q&A (question and answer) page fills in more details about the switch, and says the new trust will be involved with immediate effect and “will begin to oversee the leadership and management of the school”.

The Q&A statement says Gleed will have access to resources and expertise from Bourne Academy and “benefit from tailored support from local education specialists”.

It continues: “It is hoped that Sir John Gleed will benefit from a close working relationship with a successful local school operating in a similar environment. The aim will be to share best practice across both schools, which will be beneficial for standards at both Sir John Gleed and Bourne Academy.”

CfBT declined to say if it was dropped by the Department for Education or if it had dropped Gleed – although SLAT was “chosen” to run Gleed.

SLAT executive head Laurence Reilly said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the DfE and the Regional Schools Commissioner to sponsor Sir John Gleed School. We feel that the many similarities between Bourne Academy and Sir John Gleed will mean that we can offer a good local solution by working together effectively to continue to improve both schools.”