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Ebor comes of age with 21 schools

Tadcaster East Community Primary School is the latest North Yorkshire school to convert to academy status and join Ebor Academy Trust.

And in the East Riding, Riston Church of England Primary School have also joined the trust, bringing the total to 21 schools across York, Selby, the East Riding and the Humber and on the Yorkshire Coast.

Tadcaster’s headteacher, Donna Bedford, 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 Tadcaster Primary Academy and Riston Church of England Primary Academy, as the two schools are 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 the headteachers will remain in charge.

Ebor’s chief executive, Richard Ludlow, said: “We welcome Tadcaster and 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.”