Lakeside Primary School governors have voted unanimously to become an academy and join the growing York based Ebor Academy Trust.
Chair of governors Mikhaila Stanley said: “Our decision followed a thorough public consultation and represents an exciting opportunity for the further development of our school. It was wonderful to hear so many parents, guardians and members of the community speak passionately about their vision for the future of Lakeside.
“Ultimately this move will allow us to work collaboratively with Ebor to raise standards further and achieve the best possible outcomes for our staff, pupils and parents.”
Chief Executive Richard Ludlow said: “I am very pleased Lakeside is joining our family of schools. This is a great opportunity for all concerned to shape our trust as we move forward – these really are exciting times.”
Ebor Academy Trust currently comprises Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy in Strensall, Haxby Road Primary Academy and Park Grove Primary Academy within the city, plus six other schools outside York. Including Hob Moor, Hob Moor Oaks and Tockwith, there are a further eight schools in North Yorkshire and the East Riding queuing up to be part of Ebor – set to join once legal formalities are put in place.
Because of the number of schools converting to academy status, City of York Council have scheduled Lakeside’s date for completion to be April 2018.
In the meantime, Lakeside and Ebor will work together informally.
By September next year, Ebor expects to have 20 schools in the trust, in geographic hubs in York, Selby, the Yorkshire Coast and the East Riding.