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23.11.17 Conversion of Haydon Bridge High School, statement from Bright Tribe Trust

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In 2015 Bright Tribe Trust was selected by the Department for Education to sponsor Haydon Bridge High School. Since this time progress relating to the transfer of the school has been hindered by the school’s significant and increasing financial deficit. In the period, the school has seen a significant reduction in the number of pupils on roll and there is no sign of this increasing, in fact there has been a steady decline over the last five years. The comparatively small number of pupils on roll has had an insurmountable impact on the school’s long-term viability.

During the initial period of due diligence, the Trust took effective action to drive up educational outcomes for the school and improve the learning environment. It has invested heavily in the school, putting into place and funding a number of measures, including the appointment of a Regional Executive Principal and Principal to work alongside the school’s existing senior leaders and staff to drive up standards and improve outcomes for students. This is reflected in the improved GCSE results gained across a variety of subjects under the leadership of this team. Bright Tribe has also provided back office support for the school’s finance team and Interim Executive Board, as well as securing a DfE Environmental Improvement Grant which it used to make much needed capital improvements to the premises.

The Trust has been working closely with the DfE, Regional Schools Commissioner and Secretary of State appointed Interim Executive Board however the financial position and long-term viability of the school presents a significant financial risk to the Trust and its portfolio of other schools and Bright Tribe Trust therefore concludes that it can no longer continue to support Haydon Bridge High School.

The IEB, along with headteacher Darren Glover, will continue driving improvements.

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