Tockwith is the latest North Yorkshire school to convert to academy status and join Ebor Academy Trust.
Officially joining on 1 November, Tockwith is now Ebor’s 15th academy.
Headteacher Justin Reeve said: “We are delighted to be part of this growing organisation. Ebor has strength and expertise that will benefit both the children and our staff. We have been working alongside Ebor for a while now and we’re very pleased to now be officially part of the group.”
Children and parents of Tockwith Church of England Primary Academy, as it is now known, will see little difference on a day to day basis other than new signage which was installed this week, but behind the scenes there will be a range of benefits. A central team will run many of the back office business functions and Mr Reeve will remain in control.
“This is a really exciting time in our school’s continuing journey. We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial future with Ebor,” said Sue Corbett, Chair of Governors.
In York, Ebor schools include Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy, Haxby Road Primary Academy and Park Grove. Hob Moor Oaks and Hob Moor Community Primary will be the next to join, in the new year, with Lakeside and Osbaldwick to follow.
There are other schools operated by Ebor in Selby, in the East Riding and The Humber and on the Yorkshire Coast.
Ebor’s Chief Executive, Richard Ludlow, said: “We welcome Tockwith and look forward to working alongside them. We are a collaborative trust, sharing best practice 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.”