Two Derby schools are now part of a Nottingham-based academy trust

Two Derby schools have become part of a Nottingham-based academic trust, together with a Derbyshire secondary school.

Lees Brook Community School, Merrill Academy and Long Eaton School were previously part of the Northworthy Trust, led by Long Eaton School and its former head Neil Calvert.

All three have now joined the Archway Learning Trust, which has a number of schools rated as “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted, including Bluecoat Wollaton Academy that was awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark.

Archway Learning Trust has a proven track record of successfully turning schools around such as Bluecoat Beechdale Academy (formerly Hadden Park High School), which went from an Ofsted rating of “inadequate” to “good”.

Merrill Academy in Alvaston was graded as “inadequate” in 2019, Lees Brook school in Chadedsden was told it “requires improvement” later the same year and although Long Eaton School was rated “good” in 2012.

And this was reinforced by a short inspection in 2015, its results have dipped in recent times with a “well below average” Progress eight score of -0.95 as of 2019, compared to a -0.03 average nationally.

The three new schools will take the Archway Learning Trust’s family of schools up to eight schools and takes it out of just Nottingham, into Derby and Derbyshire.

Sian Hampton, Archway Learning Trust chief executive, said: “I am delighted to welcome the staff and students from the former Northworthy schools into our Archway ‘family’.

“This is an exciting period of growth for us and we are keen to get to know our new colleagues and students.

“The mission statement at Archway is ‘working together, transforming lives,’ nothing could be more appropriate as we enter this new phase in our journey.”

Head of Lees Brook Zoe House said: “We are already on a positive journey of school improvement and will benefit significantly from the additional support and capacity.”

And this was echoed by Jo Harlow, head at Merrill Academy, who added: “Having previously worked in a large multi academy trust before my appointment as Merrill’s new head teacher, I know the enormous benefit of being part of a successful organisation like Archway.

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“I am confident Merrill Academy will become the thriving learning community it so wants to be, with their support and expertise.”

The move to the new trust officially took place on February 1.

Richard Peel, head of Long Eaton School, said: “Joining Archway Learning Trust provides an exciting opportunity allowing us to work in a mutually supportive way with a larger group of schools to offer the best possible educational experience to the young people of Long Eaton.”

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News