Two multi academy trusts (MATs) in the region have been given the green light to merge next year.
Hope Sentamu Learning Trust and Sentamu Academy Learning Trust, based in Hull, will join together to form the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust in September 2021. The two Church of England Trusts, who have been working in partnership for the past year, received approval for the merger from the Regional School Commissioners (RSC) on 19 November.
The Trusts have a common purpose in terms of ethos, their underlying principles of enhanced levels of continuous school improvement and ensuring the flourishing of students within their communities, guide activities throughout the MATs.
The newly formed Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, will include six secondary, seven primary and two alternative provision academies across York, Hull, Selby and Scarborough.
Tony Myers, Chair of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust said: “Trustees and Senior Leaders in both MATs have a clear joint commitment to ensure the flourishing of students within our communities and providing opportunities for staff to develop their own career pathways, alongside the provision of high-quality education and resources. This solution provides real strengths, creating a natural synergy.
“The key benefits of this merged Trust through increased size and scaling will lead to enhanced levels of continuous school improvement; cross-fertilisation of best practice and improved opportunities for mutual support; improved value for money within the resources available; enhanced back-office functions; and the ability to grow further.”
The two MATs appointed Helen Winn as their CEO in September 2020. Helen took the helm after the previous CEOs, Brian Crosby (Hope Sentamu Learning Trust) and Andrew Chubb (Sentamu Academy Learning Trust) retired from their posts.
Helen said “This exciting merger gives us the chance to continue to develop as one Trust so that everyone in our communities is given the opportunity to thrive. Schools across both of our Trusts have already been working together since September and so we already have a family of schools who share best practice. Each one of our schools has its own distinctive character, identity and strengths which it brings to the Trust so that we all benefit from each other. We have a very bright future ahead!”
The Hope Sentamu Learning Trust currently has ten academies across North Yorkshire: Manor CE Academy, Vale of York Academy, Barlby High School, George Pindar School, Graham School, Poppleton Ousebank Primary School, Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School, Burton Green Primary School, Skelton Primary School and Baldersby St James CE Primary School.
The Sentamu Academy Learning Trust currently has five academies in Hull: Archbishop Sentamu CE Academy, Aspire Academy, The Compass Academy, Newland St John’s CE Primary Academy and St James’ CE Primary Academy.
24 November 2020
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What a wonderful day we've had, our first as Hope Sentamu Learning Trust! "This merger means we can continue to develop, collaboratively, as one Trust. We are committed to ensuring that pupils and colleagues are given opportunities so that they can live life to the full." pic.twitter.com/jWOacCMF5w
We are so lucky to have 15 wonderful schools in the Hope Sentamu family and can't wait to see what the future holds. Looking forward to living out our vision together 'Life in all its fullness – a place to thrive' buff.ly/3DvM4FT #excitingfuture #newbeginnings pic.twitter.com/iVk2zgnTSs
Absolutely thrilled that as of today we are @HopeSentamuLT! This follows an exciting merger between Hope Learning Trust and Sentamu Academy Learning Trust. We can't wait to see what the future holds! bit.ly/2Yf06vA #excitingfuture #newbeginnings pic.twitter.com/ls4thKnCj0