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Weymouth Schools Prepare to Join Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust

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Diocese of Salisbury

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19 October 2016

 

Weymouth Schools Prepare to Join Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust

Four schools in Weymouth and Portland have launched a consultation today as they prepare to join the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT).

All Saints Secondary School, along with primary schools Beechcroft St. Paul’s, St Andrew’s, and St John’s are planning the move to help pool their resources, provide wider learning opportunities for pupils, and give young people the smoothest possible transition from primary to secondary school.

Headteacher at St John’s, Amanda Aze, said:

“This is an exciting time for our schools and a brilliant way for us to strengthen our collaboration across primary and secondary age ranges. We are so pleased to be taking this proactive step forward as we look to deliver even better outcomes for our pupils.”

Julia Moore, Chair of Governors at Beechcroft, added:

“The Governors believe that this will provide their schools with added freedom and benefits to further develop the learning opportunities and experiences for all of their children. It will also enable us to remain true to our Christian values and everything that makes our schools such special places at the heart of their local communities.”

The consultation will gather views from within the schools and the wider community on the proposal. It will run from Monday 31 October 2016 until Friday 16 December.

A public meeting will be held at All Saints Secondary School on 7 November at 7 pm to enable parents and community members welcome to find out more.

Chief Executive of DSAT, Mark Lacey, said:

“We are very excited at the prospect of creating a DSAT Hub in Weymouth. We work with academies across the diocese in a range of different circumstances and we look to provide opportunities that are beyond expectations for our children.  It is great to see the passion for collaboration amongst these Weymouth schools and I am convinced that together they will be able to achieve great things, in partnership with other great schools in the area.”

Further information

Contact Gerry Lynch, Director of Communications 

01722 438 652, 07799 900 610, or gerry.lynch@salisbury.anglican.org

 

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