Following a long period of assessment and much deliberation, it has been agreed that Gloucester Academy should transfer from The White Horse Federation (TWHF) to the Greenshaw Learning Trust (GLT).
Since joining The White Horse Federation in 2014, Gloucester Academy has achieved many successes, particularly in recent times. In 2019, we began our partner project, which has helped the school establish close links with a number of local businesses. In collaboration with the Federation, we also redesigned our school curriculum to better meet the needs of our students and prepare them for the world of work.
The White Horse Federation’s support has been a great asset for Gloucester Academy and has empowered us to make progress across many areas. However, we have jointly recognised that Gloucester Academy would benefit from receiving increased local support from schools and educators in the area. Currently, we are the only TWHF secondary school in the county. In contrast, upon joining GLT, Gloucester Academy will become the Trust’s fourth secondary school in Gloucestershire. This proposal will be considered by the Regional Schools Commissioner on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, with advice from the Headteacher Board.
Dr Nicholas Capstick OBE, CEO of The White Horse Federation, said: “At The White Horse Federation, our goal has, and always will be, to do what is best for the young people we support, and this decision was made with the school’s students in mind.”
“Over the last six years, the school has made considerable progress. Recently, Ofsted referenced that Gloucester Academy senior leaders are determined to develop a curriculum that raises aspirations of pupils. The Greenshaw Learning Trust shares our values and commitment to providing the very best education provision for students and has the ability to continue our work to transform Gloucester Academy into an outstanding school.”
Will Smith, CEO of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said: “We would welcome Gloucester Academy into the Greenshaw family. Close collaboration with our other Gloucester schools and the wider Trust will ensure that Gloucester Academy will continue on its improvement journey. We are ambitious for all our schools and their students, and we are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment to enable every young person to fulfil their potential.”
The White Horse Federation and the Greenshaw Learning Trust are planning to consult with staff, parents, and the school’s wider community on the proposal. Further details on the consultation meetings will be published following the Headteacher Board on 10 February 2020.
Everyone at Gloucester Academy is excited about our school’s bright future. We have had six extremely positive years within The White Horse Federation, and we are all committed to building upon our progress within the Greenshaw Learning Trust.