Green light for Salisbury Plain Academies
Four Salisbury Plain Schools have come together to become a multi-academy trust.
Salisbury Plain Academies will come into being officially on July 1st 2016.
The four schools, Durrington Infants, Bulford St Leonard's Primary school, St Michael's Figheldean and Avon Valley College aim to provide 'excellent education,' according to CEO Helen Mathieson.
"The schools will deliver all through education, 0 – 18, which will allow shared skills and shared opportunities for professional development of staff and experiences for children." she adds.
The Army's decision to move soldiers back to Salisbury Plain has been a key factor in the creation of the multi academy trust.
Its rebasing will see a big rise in the numbers of school-aged children over the next four years and beyond, making the need for 'excellent education for all on Salisbury Plain' of paramount importance.
The new St Michael’s school at Larkhill will be a 420 place, two-form entry primary with a purpose built nursery attached and will be opened in 2018; a new building has just been opened at Bulford St Leonard’s to answer the growing demand for places there and building works are due to start at Avon Valley Academy to accommodate the expected growth in numbers.
"But at the very forefront of that drive for improved educational standards is the determination to work together in partnership to enable Salisbury Plain Academies to offer the very best educational experience to all of the children in their communities," says Helen Mathieson.
The new academy trust, has she adds; "The potential to become a hub of excellence, a reflective leader of learning, a provider of all-through education that enables children and young people to develop their skills and potential."
Three of the schools are church schools and have the full backing and support of the Diocese of Salisbury.