Primary school ordered to join multi-academy trust

Alsager Highfields Community Primary School has been issued with a directed academy order to join Alsager Multi Academy Trust by the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands.
It followed a November Ofsted report, in which Alsager Highfields was judged to be “inadequate” and, under current legislation, subject to a directed academy order to join a multi academy trust.
The regional schools commissioner has determined the conversion as a fast track sponsored route, with an intended completion and re-opening date for the school of 1st September.
However, the conversion is dependent upon the successful completion of a full due diligence process with Alsager Multi Academy Trust, which, despite schools nationally being closed, is already underway.
The multi academy trust was established in 2013 and currently comprises Alsager School and Weston Village Primary School. It is led by Richard Middlebrook, the executive headteacher at Alsager and Weston.
Mr Middlebrook said: “We are absolutely delighted that the multi academy trust was chosen to be the sponsor for Alsager Highfields. I firmly believe that a local solution is the best option for the school and for the community of Alsager.
“We were seen to have the necessary expertise, experience and capacity to improve the school. Being a local trust, we know Alsager Highfields very well indeed, having worked collaboratively together for many years as part of Alsager Community Trust. Geographically we are very close and we are determined to do everything we possibly can to improve the school.”
He added: “I am very excited about the future. The multi academy trust model for success is based upon ‘high aspirations for all, high standards for all and continuous improvement’.
“We will do all we can to improve the school and give the children at Alsager Highfields the best possible start in life.”