School to swap academy trust

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Sue Kirby Twit­ter: @suekir­byjp

A Sun­der­land school dogged with con­tro­versy is look­ing to a brighter fu­ture by swap­ping academy trusts.

Joanne Maw, prin­ci­pal at Grindon Hall Chris­tian School, has an­nounced that North East Learn­ing Trust, NELT has been iden­ti­fied as the new pre­ferred spon­sor.

Founded by out­stand­ing sec­ondary school, The Academy at Shot­ton Hall in Peter­lee, NELT will work through a process be­fore fully com­mit­ting to be­ing the spon­sor.

Grindon Hall in Nook­side was thrown into the spot­light in Novem­ber 2014 when it was placed in spe­cial mea­sures by Of­sted and was told to join the Bright Tribe Trust.

Now, the school has left Bright Tribe and is look­ing for­ward to join­ing NELT.

In a let­ter to par­ents, Ms Maw said: “I am writ­ing to you with some pos­i­tive news about our fu­ture spon­sor­ship.

“I am well aware that there has been a re­cent pe­riod of un­cer­tainty for you all, and I am pleased that I can now share with you our plans for the fu­ture.

“I am cer­tain they pro­vide a se­cure and suc­cess­ful way for­ward for the chil­dren and fam­i­lies of Grindon Hall Chris­tian School.”

She said the ethos is: The North East Learn­ing Trust is foreverychild­to­ex­pe­ri­ence ex­cel­lence ev­ery day.

And she added: “I know this is what we want also for our chil­dren.”

NELT spon­sor two pri­mary schools and three sec­ondary schools and in ad­di­tion, a ju­nior school and an 11 to 16 school are con­ver­tor mem­bers of the trust.

She said Grindon Hall Chris­tian School lead­ers will now meet with NELT mem­bers to talk about work­ing to­gether.

Joanne Maw, prin­ci­pal at Grindon Hall Chris­tian School.

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