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Osbaldwick Primary School to join Ebor Academy Trust

Osbaldwick Primary School governors have voted to convert to academy status and join Ebor Academy Trust.

The move comes after a six-week multi-academy trust consultation period where governors considered options and views expressed by parents, staff and the community.

“Ebor Academy Trust was chosen for its many strengths, including its significant capacity to support the school’s teaching, leadership and management,” said Paula Jackson, chair of governors.

“The governing body would like to reiterate that Osbaldwick School will maintain a good and close working relationship with Archbishop Holgate’s School, in particular as it continues to receive a high proportion of our pupils for secondary education.

“The senior leadership teams of both schools confirmed this change will not affect the experience of Osbaldwick pupils in any way. Our excellent transition and joint activities will be unaffected and continue as usual.”

Headteacher Lesley Barringer said: “This decision represents an exciting opportunity for the further development of our school. Ultimately and most importantly, it allows us to continue to work towards achieving the best possible outcomes for our pupils, their parents and our staff.”

Ebor’s Chief Executive Richard Ludlow said: “I am very pleased Osbaldwick 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.”

With its headquarters in York, the growing Ebor Academy Trust currently comprises seven schools, with two more joining on 1 April.

By September next year, Ebor expects to have 20 schools in the trust, in geographic hubs in York, Selby, on the Yorkshire Coast and the East Riding.