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Peele Community College, Long Sutton, to become University Academy Long Sutton from September 2019 after joining Lincolnshire Educational Trust




Peele Community College is to change its name after 60 years and become University Academy Long Sutton.

School leaders have announced that Peele will lose its current name at the end of the term, following its conversion to academy status.

From September, it will be managed by the Lincolnshire Educational Trust (LET) which runs University Academy Holbeach (UAH), Gosberton House Academy, Holbeach Primary Academy and Holbeach Bank Academy.

Head teacher Jane Moody (left) with current and past students of Peele Community College, Long Sutton, at the school's 60th anniversary celebrations in July 2018.
Head teacher Jane Moody (left) with current and past students of Peele Community College, Long Sutton, at the school's 60th anniversary celebrations in July 2018.

Jane Moody, Peele's head teacher, said: "I am pleased to report to parents, and the wider community, that legal processes are now under way between our governing Body, Lincolnshire County Council and LET to convert the college to an academy as directed by the Government.

"LET is sponsored by the University of Lincoln and currently has four academies in the Trust.

"We have been working closely with UAH in recent months and that relationship will clearly be much closer when we transfer to LET.

"It is our hope that Peele Community College will transfer to LET on July 1, 2019."

More details about the school's conversion were shared with parents at a meeting with LET's chief executive officer Andy Breckon last Monday.

Peele Community College is to become University Academy Long Sutton in September after becoming a member of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust.
Peele Community College is to become University Academy Long Sutton in September after becoming a member of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust.

Mrs Moody said: "We had about 20 to 30 parents present at the meeting where Mr Breckon discussed the immediate plans and reassured parents that the goal is to improve the school to ‘Good’ (in Ofsted terms) as soon as possible, certainly within two and a half years.

"Peele Community College will be renamed as University Academy Long Sutton and reopen as such in September.

"In the meantime, we are currently working very closely with UAH to improve provision for students as quickly as possible.

"However, it is not a case of waiting two years for any improvements aswe are working hard on them now so that our current students benefit from the conversion to academy status."

Some of the teachers at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, Mark Murfet, Karen Pumfrey, Jordan English, Ellie Austin, Imogen Newell, Nicola Stollery and Nicola Leeper, with head teacher Jane Moody.
Some of the teachers at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, Mark Murfet, Karen Pumfrey, Jordan English, Ellie Austin, Imogen Newell, Nicola Stollery and Nicola Leeper, with head teacher Jane Moody.

The possibility of Peele joining LET was first reported by the Spalding Guardian in January 2018.

However, pressure to complete the conversion became more urgent after an alarming Ofsted report, published in February, which branded the school's leadership and management as "inadequate".

The report said: "Following a period of turbulence and extreme staffing difficulties, the head teacher has now ensured that stable and skilled staff are in place.

"However, this process took too much energy and time away from the school's overall improvement, as has the process to convert the school to an academy.

"This process has been protracted and has had a negative impact on the school's improvement."

Peele Community College head teacher Jane Moody.
Peele Community College head teacher Jane Moody.

Heather Sandy, interim director for education at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The Regional Schools Commissioner has identified the LET as the sponsor for Peele Community College.

"The local authority has been working closely with both the school and the Trust to ensure a smooth transition for the pupils and staff involved.

"The LET also runs the University Academy Holbeach which is located near the Peele and will provide opportunities for collaboration moving forward."



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