Harrogate Grammar plans alliance with primary schools

Harrogate Grammar School headteacher Richard Sheriff at Harrogate International Centre speaking on the Red Kite Alliance. (S)
Harrogate Grammar School headteacher Richard Sheriff at Harrogate International Centre speaking on the Red Kite Alliance. (S)
  • Harrogate Grammar, Oatlands Junior School, and Western Primary School look to create a multi-academy trust
  • They would share back office functions and a Trust Board
  • Consultation events are planned and a final decision is due in the summer
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Plans are underway for Harrogate Grammar School to form a multi-academy trust (MAT) with two primary schools.

The grammar school has worked closely with Oatlands Junior School and Western Primary School for years, and forming an MAT is the next step in this partnership.

We greatly value the existing strong partnerships we enjoy with the schools involved and this is a way of developing these further to benefit all our children.

Harrogate Grammar School headteacher Richard Sheriff

A final decision will only be made in June or July after consideration of responses from the public, but the MAT will go ahead in September if it is given the green light.

HGS headteacher Richard Sheriff said: “We greatly value the existing strong partnerships we enjoy with the schools involved and this is a way of developing these further to benefit all our children.

“We hope as an MAT we can add value to the educational experience of students at primary and secondary level.”

To form an MAT, academies commit to shared governance and working more closely to increase the quality of provision for young people.

Schools will keep separate identities but may share back office functions, and it is believed the schools will be in a stronger position to weather the financial storms ahead by sharing resources at trust level in the interests of all parties.

Mr Sheriff added: “All the schools remain very much part of the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance and will continue to benefit from and contribute to this very successful collaboration of schools across the county and beyond.

“This development is very much part of the move to a ‘school led system’ which is also being promoted by NYCC.”

Ultimate responsibility for the schools in the MAT will be with the Trust Board which will be chaired by Sandra Dodson, a school governor and Chair of Harrogate Hospital. 

Consultation events are being organised in the schools to explain what the changes will mean and answer questions.