The Deanes school in Benfleet, The Westborough school in Westcliff and Hadleigh Junior School are in advanced discussions to join South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT) - the multi academy trust comprising Westcliff High School for Girls, Prince Avenue Academy & Nursery, Holt Farm Junior School and Rochford Primary.
Desi Mckeown, Headteacher of Deanes said “I am really pleased that Deanes is being considered as a new member of South East Essex Academy Trust. I think this is good news for the present and future pupils of Deanes, as well as our staff. For me, SEEAT are clearly the best cross-phase multi academy trust in South Essex and I am confident that they can help us in the next stage of our development and continual improvement as a school.”
Tonya Brook (Headteacher of Westborough) and Glenn Moore (Headteacher of Hadleigh Junior) also expressed the view that being part of a local Trust should bring added benefits to their schools as this would provide additional opportunities for their staff and pupils.
The transfer could happen as soon as April this year. SEEAT is already one of the region’s best performing Trusts with all schools good or outstanding and achieving some of the best outcomes in South East Essex.
In a joint statement, Dr Paul Hayman and Murray Foster, CEO and Chair of the SEEAT said “We look forward to working with these three local schools and are sure that they will prosper if they join our Trust. All the four current schools in our Trust have shown significant development since coming together. We are always looking to continually improve. Although we know we can still go further, we are now keen to replicate this success by working with others schools.”