Sproatley CE primary school in the East Riding is the tenth school to join York based Ebor Academy Trust.
Sproatley is the second school in Ebor’s growing East Riding hub, alongside Sigglesthorne Church of England Primary Academy. Alderman Cogan’s Church of England Primary School in Hull is expected to join Ebor soon.
In York Ebor comprises Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy, Haxby Road Primary Academy and Park Grove Primary Academy. Hob Moor and Tockwith are set to join in September and Lakeside sometime next year. Osbaldwick governors voted to join, but its application has been held up by the general election.
Last summer, Ebor was successful in its bid for the Creative Arts Academy, a primary school, and negotiations are continuing to confirm a suitable site.
There are also hubs in Selby and on the Yorkshire Coast.
Ebor’s chief executive, Richard Ludlow, said: “We welcome Sproatley and look forward to working alongside them. We’re growing because schools are recognising that we are a collaborative trust, working together to ensure the best outcomes for the children in our care and providing developmental opportunities for staff.
“We consist of small village schools, large urban schools, schools in challenging circumstances and those which have capacity to support others. We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual setting and share skills and resources, where appropriate, across our group. The Ebor Academy Trust is a family of schools who have a sense of responsibility for each other, building caring, strong professional relationships.”
Other than a small name change – the newly-joined school will now be called Sproatley Endowed Church of England Academy – pupils and parents will see few immediate changes associated with joining Ebor.
One very visible change will be new signage due to be installed soon outside the school. The new name means a modest adjustment to the school logo and therefore the uniform but this will be phased in: the school says there is no need to replace existing uniform.
“We look forward to all the benefits that will come from being part of a well-established and highly regarded multi-academy trust,” said acting headteacher Paula Townsend. “We are excited about working more closely with other Ebor schools to share good practice, work together on projects and benefit from shared resources.”