Eaton Bank Academy has announced that it will be making an application to join the Fallibroome Trust from 1st September 2019. Headteacher Ed O’Neill commented “I am delighted to share the news that we will be submitting a Multi Academy Trust application to the Regional Schools Commissioner which we hope will be approved at their May meeting. We are all very excited about this next stage in the development of Eaton Bank Academy and look forward to joining a successful MAT containing local Outstanding rated schools.”
The decision to join the Fallibroome Trust is a positive and significant step in Eaton Bank Academy’s ambition to become an Outstanding school. The school is currently rated Good with Outstanding features and membership of a successful Trust provides an opportunity to work collaboratively with a group of local schools with a national reputation for excellence.
The Fallibroome Trust was established in 2014 when the Fallibroome Academy, an outstanding High School and National Teaching School, created a Multi-Academy Trust with three other schools. It has since grown to eight schools. The Trust sees the MAT model as a vehicle for school improvement, driven by moral purpose and has received praise from Ofsted for the support provided to its schools.
At a time of substantial school funding cuts, Eaton Bank Academy’s membership of the Fallibroome Trust will increase financial security for the school. Over the last five years Eaton Bank Academy has successfully bid for £5m in capital investment to create a first-class learning environment. This has improved student and sporting facilities including the addition of a new all-weather football 3G pitch funded through the Football Foundation working with Vale Juniors JFC. As the school experiences unprecedented growth in popularity, membership of the Fallibroome Trust will ensure this essential investment in resources and facilities continues.
Eaton Bank Academy’s values and identity, including uniforms, which has made the school such a popular choice with parents, will remain unchanged. The school will continue to work closely with the Congleton Education Community Partnership and maintain its valued role within the local community. The close links with feeder primary schools will continue to thrive and there will be no impact on the admissions policy for Congleton pupils wishing to join Eaton Bank Academy.
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