Outstanding School's New Status

Healing Multi-Academy Trust chief executive officer Mark Knapton and Healing Primary's head teacher Janet Wood mark their news with (left to right) Teresa Blanchard (Chair of Governors Healing Primary) Lucy Rouse, Abbie Maultby-Glen and Lucy Ornsby and Graham Walker (Chair of Governors Healing School – A Science Academy).

North East Lincolnshire's top-performing school has become a Multi-Academy Trust - enabling it to sponsor others.

Healing School's new Principal and trust Chief Executive Officer, Mark Knapton, said they were pleased to be given multi-academy status by the Department for Education.

He also revealed that the village's primary school is to be the first school to join Healing MAT.

He said: "We became an academy under its fast-track scheme for outstanding schools four years ago and this is further progression.

"The MAT's ethos is focused on sharing local expertise. We are not some huge organisation with its headquarters far away. It is a local group run by committed, local people. Our aim is to strengthen the partnership by valuing the uniqueness of our partner schools.

"We have the capacity to develop and extend the MAT partnership and will be recruiting more local schools to join our exciting venture. The MAT will enable us to provide economies of scale, foster greater collaboration and create more resources for the classroom.

"The move also compliments our status as the area's only Teaching School. In that role we support primary and secondary schools from across the region. The MAT takes it one stage further and allows us to formally sponsor schools."

Head teacher Janet Wood, who is very proud of the school's excellent results 92% this year, also welcomed the new partnership

"We are delighted to be the first school to join the Healing Multi-Academy Trust and we are thrilled to now be an official part of our MAT - we're looking forward to the journey." she said.

"It will bring many benefits to our school. "We have greater freedom to spend money as we see fit and we will have more control over the allocation of our resources as well as sustaining our own high standards.

"The governing body and school's leadership team have been looking for some time at converting to academy status.

After researching the options for Healing Primary School, the perfect fit in terms of its locality and reputation was the local outstanding academy and we now have the opportunity to forge closer ties."

It is an exciting time at Healing School, which saw 79% of its pupils pass five or more GCSEs, including maths and English, to top North East Lincolnshire's performance tables this year.

In addition to the new status, its £3.6-million teaching block has started to take shape over the summer holidays.

"The initial, noisy, preparatory work has been completed on schedule," said Mr Knapton. "It will mean minimum disruption to everyday life at the school, with the 18 classroom block on course to open in a year's time."

Healing School - Monday 1st September 2014

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