Trust Merger Proposal

Our Trust Board has been discussing how we might work in closer partnership with some of our local schools to provide mutual support, challenge and benefits for each other.

We have been in discussions with South York Multi Academy Trust who share the same ambitions for their pupils. Both trusts have a clear commitment to providing an outstanding education in the heart of their local community. We value the unique qualities and strengths of all our schools.

Collectively our Trust Boards believe one of the best ways forward to further enhance our work is to bring our multi academy trusts together in a formal merger. All our schools would work more closely together within a combined multi academy trust.

We would now like to consult with parents, carers, staff and other stakeholders, on these proposals and this letter provides you more information, whilst also inviting you to let us know your views.

Please see the links below to the related documentation:

Proposed Merger Consultation Letter

Proposed Merger General FAQs

Proposed Merger Consultation Form

Admissions Consultation

This year’s Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by all admissions authorities in the City of York between 4th October and 14th November 2021. The consultation includes the draft admission policy and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at https://www.york.gov.uk/AdmissionsConsultation

The views of parent/carers, schools and other interested parties are being sought during this consultation.

To respond, parents/carers can email admissionsconsultation@york.gov.uk or complete the short survey at https://www.york.gov.uk/AdmissionsConsultation or at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Admissions23-24PC

Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set (‘determine’) their admission arrangements for admission in 2023-24 by 28 February 2022. Determined policies will be on the City of York Council website by 15 March 2022 after which objections can be raised.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at https://www.york.gov.uk/AdmissionsConsultation. If you require a paper copy of the document or survey you can request this from the school or Trust or education@york.gov.uk or 01904 551554

COVID-19 Updated Risk Assessments September 2021

The latest updated Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools are now available to view on the Trust’s Documents page. Follow the link below to find out more.

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COVID-19 Updated Risk Assessments

The latest updated Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools are now available to view on the Trust’s Documents page. Follow the link below to find out more.

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COVID-19 Risk Assessments for May 2021

The updated Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools for May 2021 are now available to view on the Trust’s Documents page. Follow the link below to find out more. Click here to read the updated Risk Assessments >>

COVID-19 Risk Assessments for 8th March 2021

The updated Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools with regards to schools returning are now available to view on the Trust’s Documents page. Follow the link below to find out more.

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National Lockdown – Covid-19 Risk Assessments

The latest versions of our Covid-19 Risk Assessments, updated for the National Lockdown currently in place, are now available to view on the Trust Documents Page under Risk Assessments for the Wider Opening of Schools. Please click on the link below to access them.

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Latest Covid-19 Risk Assessments

The latest Covid-19 Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools have been released. Please visit our documents page (link below) to read them. For more information and updates with regards to Covid-19, please see our dedicated Coronavirus Updates page.

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Updated Risk Assessments

Please note that the latest Risk Assessments for the wider opening of schools are now available. To see the latest Risk Assessments please visit our documents page or click on the link below.

 

Notification of Retirement: Jo Edwards, Trust Principal

The woman at the top of a York multi-academy trust has announced her plan to retire later this year.

Jo Edwards, Trust Principal at South Bank Multi-Academy Trust, has written to colleagues across the Trust to announce her intention to retire at the end of August 2020.

Mrs Edwards has led the Trust since September 2018, following a 35-year career as a teacher, senior leader and education consultant.

Mrs Edwards said: “Since I was appointed in September 2018 as the Trust Principal for South Bank MAT, I have very much enjoyed my role. It has been rewarding to see how the Trust and its schools have grown and developed. Together we have enjoyed celebrating the successes of our pupils, staff and the communities we serve. 

“In the wake of what is a dreadful pandemic, there is a new and exciting chapter about to start for the world of education and the Trust. I believe therefore, it is time for me to step aside to allow the MAT to plan for its long-term future – and for me to take things a little easier! It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with colleagues across the Trust and I wish South Bank MAT all the very best for the future.” 

The Trust Board plan to appoint an interim Trust Principal pending a permanent appointment. 

Chair of Trustees, Mr Edwin Thomas said: “I’m very proud of everything that Jo has achieved for the South Bank MAT, since she joined us as the first ever externally appointed MAT leader in York. From day one she has championed our vision of empowering schools to thrive and worked with passion and commitment to improve every child’s education. During her tenure, our schools have continued to deliver strong outcomes, working together under Jo’s leadership to create the best possible opportunities for all our pupils. We will miss Jo as both a leader and a colleague, but wish her the very best for her retirement.”

Mrs Edwards enjoyed a successful career across the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire areas as a teacher, headteacher, principal and senior education advisor before taking up her role as Trust Principal. She has led four primary schools, a 3-18 learning community and a secondary academy. In every case she was recognised by Ofsted for her work in raising standards.

The York-based academy chain, which was established in 2016, now has six schools within the city, two secondaries, Millthorpe and York High School, three primaries, Scarcroft, Knavesmire and Woodthorpe, and Carr Junior School. 

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Trust Principal, Jo Edwards with children from the South Bank MAT schools celebrating their third birthday last year

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