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27 January 2020
Proposal for Gloucester Academy to Join the Greenshaw Learning Trust

Proposal for Gloucester Academy to Join the Greenshaw Learning Trust

In 2014, we were delighted to announce that Gloucester Academy had joined The White Horse Federation family.

Over the following six years, we have worked closely with the school’s wonderful staff, students, and community to make great progress at Gloucester Academy. We are proud that, during this time, we have achieved many successes, particularly in recent times.

Last year, we launched the partner project, which has helped Gloucester Academy establish close links with a number of local businesses. We also redesigned the school’s curriculum to better suit the needs of its students and prepare them for the world of work.

Our relationship with Gloucester Academy has been a successful one for both the school and The White Horse Federation. However, we have jointly recognised that Gloucester Academy would benefit from receiving increased local support from schools and educators in the area. Currently, Gloucester Academy is the only TWHF secondary school in the county. In contrast, upon joining GLT, the school will become the Trust’s fourth secondary school in Gloucestershire. This proposal will be considered by the Regional Schools Commissioner on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, with advice from the Headteacher Board.

Dr Nicholas Capstick OBE, CEO of The White Horse Federation, said: “At The White Horse Federation, our goal has, and always will be, to do what is best for the young people we support, and this decision was made with the school’s students in mind.”

“Over the last six years, the school has made considerable progress. Recently, Ofsted referenced that Gloucester Academy senior leaders are determined to develop a curriculum that raises aspirations of pupils. The Greenshaw Learning Trust shares our values and commitment to providing the very best education provision for students and has the ability to continue our work to transform Gloucester Academy into an outstanding school.”

Will Smith, CEO of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said: “We would welcome Gloucester Academy into the Greenshaw family. Close collaboration with our other Gloucester schools and the wider Trust will ensure that Gloucester Academy will continue on its improvement journey. We are ambitious for all our schools and their students, and we are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment to enable every young person to fulfil their potential.”

The White Horse Federation and the Greenshaw Learning Trust are planning to consult with staff, parents, and the school’s wider community on the proposal. Further details on the consultation meetings will be published following the Headteacher’s Board on 10 February 2020.

It has been a pleasure to work with all of the brilliant staff, governors, parents, and students at Gloucester Academy over the last six years. While we are disappointed that the school may no longer be part of the Federation, it is a decision we have made to benefit the fantastic Gloucester Academy students.

Everyone at The White Horse Federation wishes them the very best for the future.

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