I am pleased to report to you all, that on the 1st May 2017, Upton Cross Primary School formally joined the Atlantic Centre of Excellence Multi-Academy Trust (ACE MAT). The school will now be known as Upton Cross ACE Academy.
The Trust brings together a family of nine schools, in a collaborative way, to share, learn from and support each other for the benefit of all. Their aims are to provide effective school improvement and financial stability to ensure that all the schools within the Trust continue to provide the very best education in the communities they serve. Their promise, is to continue to do their very best to give each and every pupil the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The Federation of UX and St Kew now dissolves, however we still share a Local Advisory Board (LAB) that works in a similar way to our governing board.
Executive Principal of the Trust, Jennie Walker, said: “I am delighted that Upton Cross has joined the Trust. Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to visit the school and meet both staff and pupils. Upton Cross is an excellent school and I very much welcome the fact that they are now part of the ACE team.”
I have now been formally appointed as Head of School at Upton Cross. This is a very exciting time for the school which continues to be a popular choice with parents in both the village and the wider community. We have a thriving school from 2 ½ year-olds to 11 year-olds. We have a wonderful setting, a vast array of clubs throughout the year, dedicated staff and the most delightful children.
There are many advantages to joining ACE, for example: Schools being central to the life of the villages that they serve and financial stability to ensure a future footprint for education in each village. We will also be an asset to ACE, with our outdoor education provision of a well-established ‘Forest School’, experienced, proactive governors and the tools/strategies learned through ASPIRE school improvement support.
Chair of Governors (Chair of the LAB), Chris Boarland said, “Our choice of ACE as our preferred partner came after a long process of testing the market for the right fit. We consulted with parents, carers, staff and pupils at the school before making our final decision.”