Gartree could be set for bright future as new academy school

Gartree School pupils celebrate the academy status news
Gartree School pupils celebrate the academy status news

Just over two years after being put into special measures by Ofsted, Gartree Community School could soon become an academy.

The Tattershall secondary school is currently in advanced talks with the David Ross Education Trust, an organisation which runs more than 20 academies across the East of England.

David Ross Education Trust already works with a number of small secondary schools in the county, including Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy.

Gartree School was placed into special measures in May 2012, but was upgraded to ‘requires improvement’ just 12 months later.

In a statement sent to the News by the David Ross Education Trust, Chief Executive Wendy Marshall said: “Local schools are at the heartbeat of their community.

“While running smaller secondaries poses some real challenges, they are challenges we have already proven that we can overcome.

“King Edward VI’s GCSE results have nearly doubled since they joined us, the number of students has increased and the opportunities the academy has been able to offer have risen dramatically.”

The Trust says it is in advanced discussions with Lincolnshire County Council and the Department for Education about the school’s future.

Gartree Headteacher Paul MacLeod said: “The school is extremely pleased that the David Ross Education Trust has shown an interest in the school.

“They have an excellent record at helping schools to improve and are able to offer a number of benefits which would enable the school to continue its progress.

“We would welcome the opportunity to work with an expert and local partner as a really exciting and golden chance to help support the life chances of young people in this area.

“We hope that the talks between the Trust, DfE and Lincolnshire Education Authority lead to a successful conclusion for the school.”

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “We are pleased to see the Trust is working towards sponsoring the school.

“While initial discussions are very positive, there are still details that need to be agreed and finalised.”

It is hoped that a decision can be reached within the coming weeks.