Academies join college’s Trust

AN agreement for two Tameside academies to join an outstanding college’s Trust is being supported by Tameside Council.

The regional schools’ commissioner has given the green light for Longdendale and Rayner Stephens High Schools to join Ashton Sixth Form College in the Stamford Park Trust.The college established the Trust in February 2019 with a vision to improve the life chances and raise the ambition of students in Tameside.

Tameside Council has worked with the establishments’ leaders to facilitate the transfer. Ashton Sixth Form College is rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council executive member for lifelong learning, said: “I’m delighted that a local solution has been achieved that will see Ashton Sixth Form College share it’s learning and outstanding practice with Longdendale and Rayner Stephens High Schools.

“This collaboration will support the academies’ rapid improvements and help improve the quality of education for young people in the borough. We will support them throughout their development to help students in achieving their ambitions.”

The academies, currently part of AspirePlus Educational Trust, will transfer to Stamford Park Trust in the new calendar year.

A period of consultation will provide an opportunity for staff, parents and other interested parties to comment on the proposal.

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