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Linton and Balsham schools link up to form academy trust

Essex County Cricket Club player and former Meadow pupil Tom Westley recently opened a new �22,000 ICT suite at Meadow School Balsham as it aims to improve.

Essex County Cricket Club player and former Meadow pupil Tom Westley recently opened a new �22,000 ICT suite at Meadow School Balsham as it aims to improve.

 

A multi academy trust has been formed as Linton Village College (LVC) aims to help Meadow Primary School in Balsham continue its revival.

The governing bodies of LVC and Meadow Primary have combined to launch the Chilford Hundred Education Trust on Tuesday (April 1).

Caroline Derbyshire, principal of LVC and executive principal of the new trust, said: “The Meadow School and Linton Village College have set up together in a multi academy trust.

“It is an exciting venture for both schools because it allows us to collaborate more closely, to pool money to share resources and to work together to improve standards.

“It enables relatively small schools to gain all of the benefits of being part of a larger organisation and we are looking forward to it very much.”

Nichola Connor, interim head teacher of Meadow, added: “The launch of the trust provides a unique opportunity to provide education from ages four to 16 and will ensure that transition for pupils moving between the two schools is as seamless as possible.”

Essex County Cricket Club player and former Meadow pupil Tom Westley recently opened a new £22,000 ICT suite at the school as it aims to improve.

The Chilford Hundred Education Trust, which is a multi academy trust, includes both schools.

LVC became an academy in February 2011 after getting an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.

In contrast Ofsted placed Meadow School in special measures in July for ‘failing to provide an acceptable standard of education’, but ceased to be in special measures upon entering the academy trust.

Schools cannot become academies unless they get an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, but schools can form partnerships with an existing academy to gain the status – such as Place Farm Primary in Haverhill becoming one as part of the Castle Partnership Trust with Castle Manor Academy.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (April 10) Echo.

 

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