Schools join forces in new academy

Two Hilling­don schools have united in a multi-academy trust

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

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

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