Lion Academy Trust - Welcomes Olympic Primary, Ruskin Juniors and Warwick Academy as our Wellingborough Hub Schools!
The Lion Academy Trust are delighted to have completed the transfer of Olympic Primary, Ruskin Juniors and Warwick Academy and have started working to transform primary education in the Wellingborough area.
The Lion Academy Trust was selected to be the new sponsor for the three schools in January 2018 after participating in a consultation programme led by the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Department for Education. Since then, the Trust have worked alongside the Department and the outgoing sponsor’s teams to ensure that a September opening was achieved.
Debbie Morrison OBE, Regional Director for the Lion Academy Trust said “After a long, arduous journey to complete the transfer of these schools into the Lion Academy Trust, the work now begins in earnest to ensure that we deliver the best possible education for every one of our pupils. We are focused on how we take these schools forward and deliver the same excellent educational experience in Wellingborough that the Trust already delivers across its six other schools.”
All three schools will benefit from extensive investments in IT to support new ways of working along with improvements to the schools’ facilities - including EYFS outdoor learning and play areas, fencing and security measures, updates to the schools buildings. These works have already started and will continue over the next term.
Justin James, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, in addressing all staff at an INSET day, stated “We are here to work with you and to support you in turning these schools into the outstanding schools they should be. There is a great deal to be done - and jointly applying a “no excuses” culture, I know we will return Olympic, Ruskin and Warwick to being the local schools of choice.”
The Lion Academy Trust specialises in supporting primary schools in need of help to turn around their performance and outcomes and has worked in an improvement partner capacity with the three schools in preparation of this transfer.