Our aim is to become a strong local partnership of schools. Whilst we aim to build a strong and cohesive identity, we recognise that each school within the Trust has its own unique characteristics. Collaboration and joint working ensure that all schools in the Trust can share in, and benefit from, each other’s strengths. The aim as a multi academy trust is to work together to:
- Make a positive difference in the lives of our pupils;
- Have an unflinching commitment to closing the gap between high and low performers within the schools;
- Transform the learning conditions of others so that growth, commitment, engagement, and constant spawning of leadership in others is being fostered
The vision of the Berlesduna Academy Trust is to create and foster a culture of high aspiration, enjoyment for learning, academic success and lifelong skills amongst all pupils, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background.
Joining a group of local like-minded schools will enable you to secure and maintain your current quality provision and through school to school support address those areas you identify as needing to improve to move your school to the next level.
If you are interested please contact us to begin a conversation.
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New School Proposals in Basildon and Billericay
As communities in Essex continue to grow and develop, so does the Berlesduna Academy Trust. The Department for Education is currently inviting Academy sponsors to oversee the opening and running of new schools.
Berlesduna prides itself on being an inclusive, forward thinking education provider. Improving the opportunities, attainment, and life chances for the local Essex communities we serve is central to our vision. Basildon Council’s emerging local plan has the requirement to deliver a number of schools to accommodate nearly 20,000 new homes, which includes a secondary school to the east of Basildon. Berlesduna would like to support the ambition and plans for Basildon by delivering a primary school in the Billericay area and a primary and secondary school in east Basildon. The proposed primary schools, , will be two form entry (2 FE) and have a 30 place nursery. The proposed secondary school, The Colin Moore School will be four form entry (4 FTE). The schools will have an inclusive educational ethos, will support other local schools and will follow the national curriculum.
If our applications are successful, we will be working closely with Essex County Council, Basildon Council and the local communities to ensure that the new schools meet the needs of the local communities and provide schools which they will be proud of.
Regional Commissioner Visit
Staff and senior leaders at Merrylands Primary School were delighted to host Sue Baldwin, the Regional Schools Commissioner and Alison Fiala, Head of Education and Early Years – Mid Essex, when they recently visited the school.
Ms Baldwin, who is RSC for the East of England and North-East London and Mrs Fiala were accompanied by the Trust CEO Mr Sean Tobin. Mrs Rachel Robinson, Headteacher at Merrylands presented the tour and offered a wide range of discussion on the school’s performance, areas of best practice and the ongoing remit to drive up outcomes.
It was a real pleasure to welcome Ms Baldwin and Mrs Fiala at Merrylands as we are very proud of the school and the continuing mission to provide excellent opportunities for the children. These opportunities are not limited to the classroom but are offered by way of educational visits, workshops, sports activities and a variety of pursuits that enhance a child’s personal development to broaden aspirations as to what is achievable.
Ms Baldwin is responsible for many schools within the region and her departmental remit is to challenge underperformance, build strong sponsors, open high quality new provision and facilitate collaboration. The visit to Merrylands was both collaborative and positive. During the visit there was an optimistic discussion with the CEO regarding the Trust’s proposed new three year strategic plan and the growth and school improvement strategy. The Trust’s intention to sponsor St Mary’s CofE Primary School was also discussed.
St Mary’s C of E Primary School
Following the consultation on the potential closure of St Mary’s CE Primary School, South Woodham Ferrers, a proposal has been put forward which Essex County Council hope could put the school in a sustainable position.
During a thorough consultation period, ECC and the Diocese have been in discussion with numerous schools and Academy Trusts to find a partner organisation that could support the school to become sustainable, allowing it to remain open.
We are pleased to confirm that Berlesduna Academy Trust has been put forward as the sponsor for St Mary’s School.
The decision for any school to become an Academy is taken by the Regional School’s Commissioner (RSC) informed by the discussion which takes place by Headteacher representatives on the Regional Headteacher Board. The Board meets monthly; an agenda is drawn up with schools which have submitted an application across the Eastern Region. It is anticipated that the application for St Mary’s to become a sponsored academy will take place later this term, once all the due diligence has been completed by the Trust, Diocesan Board of Education and the Regional School’s Commissioner.
Ofsted Update - Merrylands Primary School and Nursery
We are delighted to announce that Merrylands Section 5 Ofsted Report has been published. Congratulations to all the staff, governors, parents and most importantly children for continuing to be “Good”. This is the Trust’s second inspection. It is heartening that Ofsted recognised the strengths of the school and the improvements since achieving good in 2013. It cannot be underestimated the effort and skill that has gone into ensuring Merrylands, the founding school of our Trust, is building capacity and sustaining its high level of education.
Ofsted Update - Willows Primary School and Nursery
We are delighted to announce that The Willows Section 8 Ofsted Report has been published. Congratulations to all the staff, governors, parents and most importantly children for continuing to be “Good”. This is the Trust’s first inspection. It is heartening that Ofsted recognised the strengths of the school and the improvements since achieving good in 2015. It cannot be underestimated the effort and skill that has gone into ensuring The Willows is building capacity and sustaining its high level of education.
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