Heathfield Academy Trust has changed its name to Lingfield Education Trust to reflect its continued growth plans.

The Darlington-based Multi-Academy Trust, which is comprised of five local schools and recently put forward an application to open a further one in Catterick, was initially named after Heathfield Primary, the first school to join the Trust after converting to Academy status.

Nick Blackburn, chief executive of Lingfield Education Trust, said: “We remain proud of our roots in Heathfield Primary School, however we have opted to rename our Trust so that we represent all of our schools equally.

“Importantly, while our name is changing to Lingfield Learning Trust, our core vision and ethos remains as strong as ever – to be the Trust which makes the biggest difference to the whole child, our staff team and the local community. We look forward to the future and successfully continuing to support children educationally, socially and practically in achieving their full potential in both education and life.”

Lingfield Education Trust will find out in February if plans to open Cambrai Community School on the former Darlington College site in Catterick have been approved. The school, set to open in 2018, will be for children aged between three and eleven years and will include a primary school and a nursery. Catterick has been identified as an area of local need and it is expected that there is a shortfall of 730 primary school places in the area. In addition, the MoD has proposed 315 additional service families homes by 2019 in the surrounding area, accelerating the demand.

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