Directors wanted multi-academy schools’ trust in East Devon

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:50 26 October 2016

Uplyme Primary School

Uplyme Primary School


A rapidly expanding group running primary schools in East Devon and West Dorset is looking for new directors.

Andrea RiceAndrea Rice

The Acorn Multi-Academy Trust was formed almost two years ago, when Mrs Ethelston’s, at Uplyme, and St Andrew’s, at Chardstock, which had previously been working as a Federation, were joined by schools in Axminster and Marshwood. All four became academies at that time and since then they have been joined by Loders and Membury.

As academies, they are independent of local authority control and have more freedom to set their own curriculum. They receive their funding directly from the Department for Education and are still subject to inspection from Ofsted.

Directors are unpaid and work with Acorn’s chief executive officer, Mrs Andrea Rice, on strategic and financial planning, with the aim of delivering outstanding education in all six academies.

Its chairman, Nigel Whitaker, said: “This is a very exciting time for our local schools and having more freedom offers huge opportunities to improve educational standards. I am therefore very keen to attract talented people in the area to help us with this challenge.

“The role normally involves less than a day a week and might well suit someone who has some spare time or is recently retired. We are particularly looking for people with education, public sector or business backgrounds.”

Mrs Rice, who was previously the executive head teacher at Mrs Ethelston’s and St Andrew’s, said: “I am delighted at the progress we have made in our first two years. Having a number of schools working together has big advantages because it enables us to share best practice and as a result we have already significantly enhanced what we can provide educationally for all our children.”

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