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A New Year and a Bright New Chapter for Grangefield

24th Jan 2014

A New Year and a Bright New Chapter for Grangefield

At the beginning of January, Grangefield School and Technology College, which was established in 1894 but has been operating from its present buildings since 1951, embarked upon a new chapter in its history when it became The Grangefield Academy.

It is the latest academy school to be sponsored by the Northern Education Trust, a not-for-profit multi academy trust which sponsors a range of primary and secondary schools in the northeast and northwest of England.

A new local governing body has also been appointed which will be heavily involved in Grangefield?s? day-to-day activities as well as working with teaching staff and students to bring about sustainable improvement . ?

All the new governors are highly experienced ? either as governors or as a result of successful professional careers.? ?John Copping, a business development director at AMEC, one of the world?s leading project management and consultancy companies, has been appointed chair of governors.?

He has served on a number of school governing bodies in the Stockton area for over 15 years and is currently a governor at North Shore Academy, which is another school sponsored by the Northern Education Trust.? He has particular experience of working with schools in challenging circumstances.

At the same time and looking to the future, with the procurement process now complete, plans are progressing well for the new Grangefield Academy building which is to be developed on the existing Grangefield site.?

Discussions have commenced in earnest between the architect and preferred building contractor, Kier, with construction work expected to begin soon.? Project handover is scheduled for July next year in readiness for the new academic year in September 2015.

Shelagh Potter, principal, said:? ?As a learning institution, Grangefield has had a long and interesting history.? Now, with a new sponsor, we are entering a further chapter in Grangefield?s evolution and this signals an important new beginning for us all.

?The appointment of our new board of governors is of particular significance.? Their collective expertise and insight will provide an invaluable source of support as we go forward.

?Together with our new sponsors, the Northern Education Trust, we are committed to raising standards across the board.? After half term, we are expecting a further visit from Ofsted and this will provide another opportunity to demonstrate how we are progressing.?

Roger Alston, chief executive of the Northern Education Trust, added:? ?We are very pleased to welcome Grangefield Academy to the Trust group of schools. We are now sponsoring five academy schools in the Tees Valley area and this cluster approach provides us with the opportunity to not only share best practice but also to allow teaching staff to provide specialist support to one another.

?Grangefield has a new sponsor, a new governing body and will soon have a new school building, so it is all systems go towards achieving the significant whole school improvement that its students deserve.?