Trust recruits Dearne schools

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Four Dearne academies are to become part of a newly created schools trust, on April 1.

Carrfield Primary Academy, Highgate Primary Academy, The Hill Primary Academy and Goosacre Primary Academy will be the first schools in the country to join the pioneering Reach4 Trust.

Reach4 was established in 2015, with a view to working with primary, secondary and all-through schools in South Yorkshire. It is a sister trust to Reach2, the largest primary academy trust in the country. Reach4 is jointly led by its founder, Sir Steve Lancashire, and Libby Nicholas, an outstanding Head and experienced national education leader.

Designate CEO, Libby Nicholas said: “We have been working closely with the schools and the Navigate Academies Trust for some time and look forward to building on the strong foundations in place. At Reach4, we are committed to delivering an education with no boundaries. For us, that means not just academic excellence, but helping children and young people develop in the broadest sense through arts, sports, leadership opportunities, enrichment and community.

““We look forward to welcoming Carrfield, Highgate, The Hill and Gooseacre Primary Academies into the Reach4 family and, together, working to ensure that every child has the best possible education throughout their time with us.” All staff will remain in posts under TUPE arrangements.

Rachel Singer, CEO of the Navigate Academies Trust said: “We are very pleased to be working with Reach4 to secure the future development of the four Dearne Valley Academies.”