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Tameside opens first multi-academy trust
Saturday 15th July 2017 @ 08:00 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Dukinfield Longdendale News Tameside

July 1 saw Longdendale High School become the first secondary school in Tameside to lead a newly formed multi-academy trust.

The AspirePlus Educational Trust, led by Matthew Bowler, has formally opened with its lead school and the newly named Rayner Stephens High School as members.

Rayner Stephens (formerly Astley Sports College) is in Dukinfield, whilst the lead and sponsor is sited in Hollingworth.

Matthew Bowler, CEO of the AspirePlus Trust said: “This is a momentous occasion for both schools and the communities that we serve.

“We are proud to be leading the way in Tameside, providing solutions to a school in need, at the same time as building on and developing the strengths within Longdendale.

“This is a challenging, yet exciting time for us and our students and we look forward to utilising the advantages that academy status brings to our schools.”

The vision, mission and values of the AspirePlus Trust have evolved directly from the ethos for improvement that have been driven by the leaders of both founder schools.

Central to this new trust are the schools’ ASPIRE core values and the belief that all students must be given every opportunity to succeed in life, by seeking to develop their academic and vocational abilities, their creative talents and their wider interests.

The trust is also an extension of the ambitious vision for educational improvement started by the original A+ Trust in 2013.

The AspirePlus Educational Trust is fully invested in Tameside and the local community and has been established to support sustained educational improvement in the borough.

Initially, this will be for the benefit of the two founder schools, and in the future, it will offer supportive solutions for other schools who may wish to join.

The vision for the AspirePlus Educational Trust is: “We support, challenge and collaborate in our endeavour to provide world-class education that allows our whole community to flourish.”

Matthew Bowler stated: “We are very excited to be putting our vision into action.

“We know that it has the potential to be genuinely transformational for our students, our schools and our community.”

There will be a formal launch of the AspirePlus Trust and official opening of Rayner Stephens High School by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, at the start of the new academic year.

For full coverage, reports and pictures from this year’s award winners don’t miss the next edition of the Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle – out on Thursday, July 20.