Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust – SAST
I am delighted to inform you that the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust was formally established with the Department for Education on 1 June 2017. This new local primary/secondary multi-academy trust includes seven schools serving our local community: Buckland Newton CE Primary, St Andrews CE Primary (Yetminster), Sherborne Primary, Sherborne Abbey CE Primary, St Mary’s CE Primary (Bradford Abbas), The Gryphon School and Thornford CE Primary.
The schools have been working together over the last two years to design and agree the formation of the Trust. The governing body of each school consulted with parents and recommended its formation. Collectively there are 2700 pupils from 0-19 years, a large specialist workforce of 184 teachers, 292 non-teaching staff and a combined budget of £13.2 million expenditure. We are intending to develop our provision, share resources, enable further training of our teachers/staff and take collective responsibility for all of the children’s development and progress. A focus will be on securing and managing the budgets and facilities to sustain high quality provision.
It is a great honour to take on the role of Executive Head for the Trust having been the Headteacher of The Gryphon School for the last 10 years. We have seen the School grow and improve significantly due to the energy and quality of the staff, students, parents, leadership, governors and community. The role as the Executive Head is to lead and be accountable for the improvement, collaboration, strategic development and growth across the whole Trust.
The headteacher of each school will continue in their current role. All the headteachers will meet regularly to challenge and support each other to improve further the education for all our students. Nicki Edwards has been interviewed by a selection panel of Trustees and will take on the position of Headteacher for The Gryphon School from this point and in 2017-18. She will provide experience and expertise to sustain and enhance our special culture, ethos and success.
There is a new Board of Trustees who will act as the governors for all the schools. There will be centralised finance and HR staff supporting all the schools. There will continue to be Local Governing Bodies for each school who will focus on performance, teaching, the curriculum and the community. Further information and news from the Trust will be provided through the schools and a SAST website which is under construction. I look forward to working with you all in the next stages of the development of all our schools.
S M Hillier