Successful academy trust building on strong leadership and performance

Posted on: 12 May 2017

A Devon-based academy trust which is running 12 schools across the county has won a raft of praise for its performance and leadership.

The Ventrus multi-academy trust runs 11 primary schools, including Orchard Vale in Barnstaple and Pilton Community College. It has just been selected by the Government to open a new 420-place primary in Bideford.

Chief Executive of the Ventrus multi-academy trust, Gary Chown

In the past few weeks, inspectors from the school standards agency, Ofsted, rated three Ventrus schools as good and praised the trust’s management and leadership.

They said Orchard Vale provided a rich learning environment with many stimulating resources to help children learn.

They told Head of School Fiona Pearce: “You are very well supported by other leaders in the school (who) are working very well as a team, learning from each other and from other schools across the multi-academy trust.

“Governors are very well informed about the school. They, too, are playing an important role in the school’s continuous push for improvement supported by Ventrus.

“The executive headteacher, the chief executive officer and other officers of the trust provide important support in, for example, teacher development and training.”

Ofsted found that South Brent Primary School had maintained the good quality of education they had remarked on in 2014.

They told Head of School Nick Burstow: “Your continuing ability to bring further improvement is clearly evident in the increasingly rapid progress made by most pupils, with a range of needs and starting points, across the school. Pupils behave well and are keen to learn.”

At Sidbury C of E Primary, Ofsted said the school continued to provide a good quality of education.

They told Head of School Charlotte Hill: “Your school is a happy place. Parents, staff and pupils used the words caring and partnership to describe the sense of togetherness. The school is highly regarded and popular, as reflected by the increasing number of pupils on roll.”

And they added: “Changes to leadership and governance have undoubtedly left your school in a much strong position. You are drawing well on the wide variety of support networks and training available from Ventrus.”

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