Sutton Coldfield’s Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) has announced its delight at being able to welcome Lichfield’s Scotch Orchard Primary School to its growing family of academies.
The move marks the respected multi-academy trust’s expansion into its third county, Staffordshire, connecting academies in Birmingham and North Warwickshire. ATLP’s partnership will now include five primary schools, five secondary schools, five children’s centres and one national teaching school. Scotch Orchard has successfully been working with the ATLP for a number of months in the lead up to the official partnership.
Headteacher Wendy Horden said:
“We are delighted to be part of the ATLP. This is an opportunity to work with a family of schools which share our values and commitment to putting children at the heart of everything we do.
“This partnership will provide so many opportunities for our children, staff and our learning community, while maintaining our own identity in a supportive, collaborative and ambitious environment. It’s an exciting time for all.”
ATLP CEO and national leader of education, Richard Gill, said: “What a privilege to officially welcome Scotch Orchard on board. This is a ‘good’ school in the heart of its community, with happy pupils, excellent staff and so much potential. Today, we are planting the seeds for the future and I look forward to growing and blossoming with Scotch Orchard.
“ATLP’s expansion into Staffordshire is a natural development for our partnership, which has a central base in Four Oaks. The geography of our schools enables us to collaborate closely to ensure excellence across our schools and communities.”
The partnership is also very close to the heart of Richard, who was raised – and now lives – in Lichfield. He has helped to shape the lives of young people in Lichfield, after working at the city’s Friary School as a teacher of Performing Arts, progressing through the career ladder as head of year, head of alternative curriculum, before devising, coordinating and leading a vocational programme for excluded, disadvantaged and disapplied students across Lichfield and Burntwood.
During his tenure as assistant headteacher at Chase Terrace Technology College, Richard continued his partnership working with other schools in the locality and played a major role in the 14-19 agenda across Staffordshire, where his creativity and innovation played a major role in providing opportunities for more and more young people in the area. Richard was also a full time teacher for Staffordshire Music Service, eventually becoming an area manager coordinating peripatetic instrumental teaching in South Staffordshire.