Leigh on Mendip First School, Shoscombe, St. Julian’s and St. John’s are the latest schools to announce that on the 1st November and 1st December respectively, they have joined the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership Multi Academy Trust (MAT).
Approved by the Secretary of State for Education, this conversion will allow the Schools to have more control over their day to day operations within the support network offered by the MNSP MAT. The partnership now operates one first school, thirteen primary schools in the Midsomer Norton area as well as the two secondary schools in the town and St. Dunstan’s secondary in Glastonbury.
Louisa Phillips, Head of School – Leigh on Mendip commented “Joining the trust will enable our staff to work closely with the other schools to share and further develop good practice, which will benefit our pupils and the whole school community. The Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership will also give us a fresh challenge as we continue to provide the very highest quality experiences and outcomes for our children without losing the unique ethos of Leigh-on-Mendip School.”
Daniel Turull, Executive Headteacher of Leigh on Mendip and Farrington Gurney added “Having worked as part of the MNSP in two other schools, I know how beneficial this partnership will be to pupils, parents and the school community. It is an exciting time ahead for Leigh-on-Mendip which has been performing successfully for many years. This collaboration will help to continue to move the school forward.”
Ruth Noall, Headteacher of Shoscombe and St. Julian’s said "We are delighted to be joining the MNSP Trust. Shoscombe Church School and St Julian's Church School as The Church Valley Schools Federation already have a strong relationship of collaboration and sharing good practice. Under the steady guidance of our one governing body we aim to be 'small schools with big aspirations; branching out for learning'. Joining the MNSP will enable us to branch out even further, to work alongside colleagues in other schools of similar and different contexts to further strengthen and develop our practice. I am confident that through joining the MNSP the Church Valley Schools will continue to go from strength to strength, enabling us to continue providing the excellent well-rounded and enriching education that make our rural schools so special."
Claire Mirams, Headteacher of St. John’s commented “This is an exciting time to join the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership as the trust goes from strength to strength in its mission to provide the best possible outcomes for young people. We look forward to furthering the strong relationships between our school and others in the local area for the benefit of our pupils.”
MAT CEO and Executive Headteacher Alun Williams said: “I am extremely pleased that all four schools have decided to join the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership. I really look forward to working with the staff and children at the schools, as do all those colleagues and children who are already part of the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership”.