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Three new schools in Derby and Derbyshire to join Nottingham-based Archway Learning Trust

As of Monday 1st February 2021, Archway Learning Trust is delighted to announce the joining of three new schools to its Trust – The Long Eaton School in Derbyshire, Lees Brook Community School and Merrill Academy both based in Derby.

The three new schools, formerly part of the Northworthy Trust will take the Archway Learning Trust’s family of schools up to eight schools and marks an exciting chapter for the Trust, as it branches outside of Nottingham City into Derby and Derbyshire.

Sian Hampton, Archway Learning Trust CEO said:

I am delighted to welcome the staff and students from the former Northworthy schools into our Archway ‘family’.  This is an exciting period of growth for us and we are keen to get to know our new colleagues and students.  The mission statement at Archway is ‘working together, transforming lives,’ nothing could be more appropriate as we enter this new phase in our journey”.

The three new schools will be in good company, joining a Trust with schools rated as ‘good’ or’ ‘outstanding’ and one of the schools, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy also being awarded the highly coveted World Class Schools Quality Mark, which is awarded to the top schools in the country.

Archway Learning Trust has a proven track record of successfully turning schools around with the notable success of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy (formerly Hadden Park High School), which went from an OFSTED rating of ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ under the support and guidance of the Archway Learning Trust.

Zoe House, Headteacher at Lees Brook said:

“Lees Brook is already on a positive journey of school improvement and will benefit significantly from the additional support and capacity that will be provided by joining the Archway Learning Trust.

Jo Harlow, Headteacher at Merrill Academy commented

“Having previously worked in a large multi academy trust before my appointment as Merrill’s new headteacher, I know the enormous benefit of being part of a successful organisation like Archway. They have a proven track record of school improvement and excellence and I am confident Merrill Academy will become the thriving learning community it so wants to be, with their support and expertise. Our students deserve the best education possible.  Becoming part of the Archway Trust will ensure that this can happen.”

Richard Peel, Headteacher at The Long Eaton School also commented:

“Joining Archway Learning Trust provides an exciting opportunity for the Long Eaton School, allowing us to work in a mutually supportive way with a larger group of schools to offer the best possible educational experience to the young people of Long Eaton. Archway Learning Trust has a strong record in providing high quality education and student outcomes in all of their schools.  Their vision statement of ‘working together, transforming lives’ underpins much of the work taking place already at our school and I look forward to working with Archway as we continue to raise standards at the Long Eaton School.”

The Archway Learning Trust Family of schools now comprise of Bluecoat Aspley Academy (including Sixth Form), Bluecoat Wollaton Academy; Bluecoat Beechdale Academy; The Nottingham Emmanuel School (including Sixth Form); Bluecoat Primary Academy; The Long Eaton School; Lees Brook Community School; Merrill Academy and the Bluecoat SCIIT Alliance (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).

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