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The trust that runs schools in Linton, Balsham, Red Lodge and Bury St Edmunds is exploring a possible merger with another trust

The educational trust that includes two schools in Linton among its members has begun a period of consultation over its plans to become a part of another, larger trust.

Chilford Hundred Education Trust (CHET) is now launching the consultation process with stakeholders, including parents and the schools it is associated with as part of the planned merging into Anglian Learning.

CHET comprises Linton Village College, Linton Heights Junior School, The Meadow School in Balsham, The Pines Primary school in Red Lodge and the Howard Community Primary School in Bury St Edmunds.

Chilford Hundred Education Trust executive principal and Linton Village College principal Helena Marsh
Chilford Hundred Education Trust executive principal and Linton Village College principal Helena Marsh

Among the eight schools in Anglian Learning – which is the more senior of the two trusts – are Sawston Village College, Bottisham Village College, Bottisham Primary School and Stapleford Primary School.

Helena Marsh, CHET executive principal and principal of Linton Village College, said: “Both of us can see reciprocal benefits in terms of the fact that we are similar in our ethos but coming together as a larger trust gives us the opportunity for staff development, sharing resources and expertise and working together in collaboration.

“Our teaching school CASSA (Cambridge and Suffolk Teaching Schools Alliance) already works in close partnership with a number of schools in that trust but it’s a case of looking for further opportunities to benefit the standard of education that we can offer out students.”

Jonathan Culpin, Anglian Learning’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to be working with CHET who share our core aims and values, our belief in inclusion and a broad and balanced curriculum, and the determination to provide the best possible educational opportunities for young people.”

The period of consultation and due diligence that has has begun is expected to take some months, said Mrs Marsh, but it is hoped that it will be completed within this academic year.

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