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Two Trusts Join in New Education Partnership

Friday, July 19, 2019

Two education Trusts in South Shropshire are joining together to make a new family of six schools. This exciting new venture will see the schools in the South Shropshire Academy Trust and the Bridgnorth Area Schools' Trust combined to make a new group.

"We started talking as two Trust Boards last winter," explained Mrs Judy Mondon, Chair of the Bridgnorth Area Schools' Trust. "We were thrilled to have had the 'green light' from the Regional Schools Commissioner, which means we can merge and become one Trust from 1st September 2019."

The new Trust will have two secondary schools, Oldbury Wells and Church Stretton School. These are both well established and very effective schools in South Shropshire market towns with much in common already.

"Both Trusts have previously had just one secondary school each. This new partnership will lead to all sorts of natural advantages as we can share experiences, expertise and training," said Mr John Parr, Headteacher of Church Stretton School. "Some of our staff have already started working together and we look forward to the strength that this new partnership will add."

Stokesay School in Craven Arms will become the fourth primary in our new Trust, joining the strong and high-performing primary schools currently in the Bridgnorth Area Schools' Trust: St Leonard's CE Primary School, Castlefields Primary School and Alveley Primary School.

Mrs Godden, Executive Headteacher of the Trust said, "Can I take this opportunity to welcome the South Shropshire Academy Trust schools and their communities into our joint Trust. We look forward to our partnership work into the future and our shared commitment to providing the very best education for young people in our area."

Pictured are School Leaders Mrs Hampson, Mrs Ferriday, Mr O'Malley, Mrs Godden, Mr Parr and Miss Thomas

Pictured are School Leaders Mrs Hampson, Mrs Ferriday, Mr O'Malley, Mrs Godden, Mr Parr and Miss Thomas