Schools join forces in new academy
Two Hillingdon schools have united in a multi-academy trust
TWO schools in Hillingdon borough have joined to become a multiacademy trust.
Ryefield Primary School, in Ryefield Avenue, Hillingdon, on Sunday teamed up with Vyners School, in Warren Road, Ickenham, to become the Vyners Learning Trust. The partnership means the schools share the same legal entity. As academies, they will receive funding from central government, rather than Hillingdon Council. A Ryefield spokeswoman said that would see in an increase in funding, although she could not say how much.
Already the schools have started working together. Teachers from Vyners lead PE and French at Ryefield, the schools share teacher training and Vyners students have become peer teachers at a Languages Day run by Ryefield.
Vyners head James Heale said: “We are delighted to formalise our partnership with Ryefield School. The multiacademy trust enables us
TJG1ST to work closer together to improve the educational experience of students at both schools, maximise professional development opportunities for staff and focus on learning from three to 19 years.”
Academies were introduced in the UK in 2000 and can set their own curricula, term times and salaries. However, the Ryefield spokeswoman said there were no plans to change either curricula.
In its last Ofsted inspection, in June 2013, Ryefield was rated as ‘requires improvement’. Vyners was rated ‘good’ in December 2013.
In Hillingdon, 13 of the borough’s 67 primary schools, 16 of its 18 secondary schools and three of its six special schools are academies.
n HEADS- UP: James Heale and Nicola Forster, headteachers at Vyners School and Ryefield Primary School, respectively