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East Riding school latest to join Ebor

Riston Church of England Primary is the latest East Riding school to convert to academy status and join York-based Ebor Academy Trust.

Headteacher Sarah Hall said: “We are delighted to be part of this forward-thinking organisation. Education is changing and being part of Ebor gives us more opportunities for the future for our pupils, our staff and our school.”

Children and parents of Riston Church of England Primary Academy, as it is now known, will see little difference on a day-to-day basis, but behind the scenes there will be a range of benefits. A central team will run many of the back office business functions and Mrs Hall will remain in charge.

“Riston has a history of working collaboratively with a range of partners, and is looking forward to developing this activity with the new partners in the Trust,” said David Stork, chair of governors. Dr Stork is also chair of governors at nearby Sigglesthorne Church of England Primary Academy, which is also part of Ebor.

Ebor now comprises 21 schools in Selby, the East Riding and The Humber and on the Yorkshire Coast.

Ebor’s chief executive, Richard Ludlow, said: “We welcome Riston and look forward to working alongside them. We are a collaborative trust, sharing best practice to put children at the heart of everything we do 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. Staff at schools in Ebor Academy Trust have a sense of responsibility for each other, building caring, strong professional relationships.”

Peter D Acaster, chairman of Ebor Academy Trust, said: “To now have 21 schools in Ebor certainly does feel like a coming of age for our organisation. We have grown and matured since we were established in December 2013 and I welcome Tadcaster and Riston to our family of schools.”