Laurence Jackson School to become part of the Vision Academy Learning Trust
A Guisborough school has announced it is joining forces with an Eaglescliffe-based school academy trust.
Laurence Jackson School was rated 'inadequate in all areas' by Ofsted after a visit earlier this year prompting moves to become an academy.
Following the judgement the secondary school, which has more than 1200 pupils, has now announced it will become part of the Vision Academy Learning Trust.
Founded in 2015, the multi academy organisation also includes Egglescliffe secondary school and sixth form college, Junction Farm and The Links primary schools in Eaglescliffe, Whinstone Primary in Ingleby Barwick and Chandler's Ridge in Nunthorpe.
Laurence Jackson will become an academy in January 2020.
In a letter to parents published on Laurence Jackson's webiste, the school says benefits of the change include:
- access to top quality staff
- an “outstanding” Trust leadership team who are sharply focused on securing excellence
- greater control over finances and educational benefits for students through more curriculum freedom
- targeted funding towards improving front line teaching
"Vision Academy Learning Trust is very keen to work with parents and carers, as we work with Laurence Jackson School to transform the quality of education into an outstanding school worthy of the children entrusted to our care," says the letter.
Laurence Jackson, on Church Lane in Guisborough, is led by head teacher Catherine Juckes who said she remained "determined and confident" that the school had the "capacity to improve" after the stinging Ofsted report which was published in May.
It rated the school 'inadequate' in all areas criticising teaching, governance, pupils' poor work and their attendance after an inspection in February.
Plans were immediately revealed to remove the Guisborough secondary school from the direct control of Redcar and Cleveland Council to become a sponsored academy, with Egglescliffe School headteacher Simon White drafted in to assist.
An action plan was put in place with a "Rapid Improvement Board" to monitor progress.
Laurence Jackson becamse the second East Cleveland secondary in the past year to be given the same judgement, following in the footsteps of Freebrough Academy in Brotton .
Egglescliffe head Mr White has also given “strategic leadership support” to Trinity Catholic College in Saltersgill after being drafted in on a short-term basis to help with the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust which launched last September.
A meeting is due to be held at Laurence Jackson on Monday October 21 for parents to meet the new Academy staff and hear more about how the Vision Learning Academy Trust will work.
There are no plans to change admissions policy and, says the letter to parents, the school's curriculum will be reviewed and any changes deemed necessary put in place for September 2020.
The school's name will not change nor will the uniform.