Two more schools have joined the Heathfield Academy Trust in Darlington, County Durham, taking the number of schools under the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) up to five.

Corporation Road Community Primary School, a school which has made significant improvements since being put into special measures earlier this year, became a part of the Trust on 01 October.  In addition, Mount Pleasant Primary School has joined, a year earlier than originally planned, and is set to benefit from being part of the MAT’s strong leadership team.

Ann Pringleton, headteacher at Corporation Road Primary School says that being part of the MAT brings benefits including additional investment and commitment and an outstanding leadership, teaching and learning experience that will ensure children get the best educational experience possible.

She said: “Since the start of the year we’ve seen great progress at the school and becoming a part of the Heathfield Academy Trust will enable us to go from strength to strength.

“Being part of the Trust is an opportunity to be a part of something bigger.  The support mechanisms, shared dialogue and expertise that comes from being a part of a wider senior leadership team will only help us build upon what we have achieved so far.  Our main objective is to improve the life chances of all of the pupils in the school and being part of the Trust will ensure we achieve just that.”

The Heathfield Academy Trust was formed in June 2014 to bring together the strengths of each individual schools under one central leadership team charged with ensuring all pupils reach their full potential, in school and in life.  Heathfield Primary School, Hurworth Primary School and Northwood Primary School also form part of the MAT, as a well as specialist educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision.

Nick Blackburn, chief executive of the Heathfield Academy Trust, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Corporation Road Primary and Mount Pleasant Primary, each with their own unique strengths, have joined the Heathfield Academy Trust.  It is true testament to the strong leadership team we have in place and our ambitious growth plans that two further schools have recognised the benefits that being a part of our MAT brings.

“With their experience we are in an even stronger position to offer outstanding leadership, teaching and learning to benefit children.”

For more information about the Heathfield Academy Trust visit www.heathfieldacademytrust.com