3rd July 2017

Academy Sponsor – NELT

Dear parent

I am writing to introduce myself and The North East Learning Trust – a growing multi-academy Trust founded by The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee. Our Trust family currently consists of five schools, with Ashington High School along with Bedlingtonshire Community High School and Sacriston Primary School in the process of joining.

By joining the North East Learning Trust, Ashington High School is signing up to our shared vision, that every child experiences excellence every day – a vision I am personally committed to and firmly believe in.

The Trust has a team of dedicated and talented professionals who are experienced in school improvement and who will be deployed to support Ashington in a range of ways including teaching and learning, HR and finance.

The Trust team consists of myself, Lesley Powell, as chief executive officer supported by Toni Spoors and Dr Janice Gorlach as deputy CEOs. Each of us is an accredited national leader of education and practising Ofsted inspector with scores of teaching years between us. We are supported by 60 specialist leaders of education deployed across the trust who are able to offer subject specific support and advice. English specialist and director of our Trust’s research school, Louise Quinn, will be posted part time at Ashington from September 2017 along with maths specialist, Claire Trainor, to encourage rapid improvement across these core subjects. We are also fortunate as a Trust to employ some extremely driven non-teaching professionals; Lee Alexander, our Director of Finance, Alix Borthwick our Director of Communications and Marketing, Deb Piggett, our Director of HR and Joanne Barker our Governance lead.

I want to assure you that we are sponsoring Ashington with the best of intentions for your children and your community and plan to work hard to bring about rapid improvements.

I am happy to personally speak to any parent about our plans for the future and will keep you updated on the school website and through letters home in the coming months.

Kind regards,

Lesley Powell, CBE
Chief Executive Officer, North East Learning Trust

Information on Trust schools:

Browney Academy
Browney Academy is a small primary school in Browney, close to the city of Durham. There are currently 85 pupils on roll and staff at Browney pride themselves on giving each and every child the individual care and attention they need to thrive at school. In Browney’s most recent Ofsted inspection they were graded as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features for behaviour and safety, leadership and management , SMSC and the Early Years. Browney’s latest SATs results are well above nationals in all areas since joining the Trust, with rapid improvement in literacy and numeracy being seen across the school.

The Academy at Shotton Hall
The Academy at Shotton Hall is a fully comprehensive Academy in Peterlee which provides a vibrant and stimulating environment for over 1200 11 – 16 year olds. In their most recent Ofsted inspection they were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ – their second consecutive outstanding award. In 2016, 81% of Shotton Hall students achieved A* – C grades in both English and maths.

Teesdale School
Teesdale School is a secondary school and sixth form set in the idyllic market town of Barnard Castle in Teesdale. The school teaches 636 11-18 year olds. In 2016, 71% of students achieved A*-C grades in English and maths alongside excellent sixth for outcomes.

Diamond Hall Junior School
Diamond Hall Junior School has just over 300 bright and bubbly 7-11 year olds who learn in this slightly larger than average junior school in Sunderland. In their latest Ofsted inspection, Diamond Hall Junior School was rated as good with inspectors commenting that an increasing proportion of teaching is now outstanding.

Easington Academy
Easington Academy is 11-16 academy based in Easington in East Durham. The school’s 750 children learn in a new building with bright, modern class rooms and facilities. In their latest Ofsted inspection, Easington Academy was awarded good and their most recent exam results saw 70% of students achieving A*-C grades in both English and maths.