Wellesley Park Primary School is being placed under new management after The Collaborative Academies Trust based in Essex decided to pull out of the school and four others in Somerset.
Parents were informed in March that the Regional Schools’ Commissioner, Wellesley Park’s governing body and The Collaborative Academies Trust (CAT) had agreed that the school should join a more local trust. At the time a spokesperson for CAT said that the move was “the best prospect for educational improvement for our schools”.
Wellesley Park is now in discussion with The Castle Partnership Trust which manages The Castle School in Taunton and Court Fields School in Wellington.
Writing in the school’s newsletter, Headteacher Lindsay Gabriel said, “Joining The Castle Partnership Trust is an exciting opportunity which will enable us to work with other local schools within the Castle Trust, which we are all looking forward to.” She added, “We will be holding a meeting with parents and carers to provide some more details soon.”
Neal Chislett, Head of School Effectiveness for Somerset County Council, announced the change at a meeting of the council’s Children and Families Scrutiny Committee on Friday March 16. He said: “The Collaborative Academies Trust said that their south west hub was not working and that they would withdraw.
“There will be no disruption to pupils’ education during the transition period. The reorganisation is intended to strengthen the educational provision at each school through new trust partnerships agreed with the Regional Schools Commissioner.”
“This follows a report which shows a rise in the number of Somerset schools being rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted.”
Wellesley Park was rated as ‘Good’ in every category in its last Ofsted Inspection in October 2015.
In 2016 The Castle Partnership Trust submitted a bid to the Department for Education to build two new primary schools, one in each of its secondary school catchment areas which will provide places for children in areas where housing developments are planned.