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Proposed changes to The Southfield Grange Trust

The Trustees of The Southfield Grange Trust, which oversees the running of Southfield School and Grange Technology College are planning a period of consultation on proposals which would result in the two schools continuing their development under separate multi academy trusts while remaining co-located at the Southfield Grange Campus in Little Horton, Bradford.

 Arising from discussions with the Regional Schools Commissioner, the proposals would see Grange Technology College transfer out of The Southfield Grange Trust into a new multi academy trust that will be established by the governors and leaders of Guiseley School.  This would mean the effective action that has been taken through Grange’s current relationship with Guiseley to improve standards can be accelerated and their progress secured by a trust with capacity for secondary school improvement.  Senior staff from Guiseley have been supporting Grange since the school was placed in special measures by Ofsted in May 2016.   Under the stewardship of interim Executive Headteacher Mr Morrissey and Headteacher Miss Mander (Guiseley’s Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher respectively), Grange has now received two very positive monitoring inspections by Her Majesties’ Inspectors, confirming effective action is being taken to secure the removal of special measures. 

Operating under a new name, The Southfield Grange Trust, on the basis of the strong reputation of Southfield School, would then develop its capacity for supporting the ‘Local Offer’ of specialist and inclusive educational provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, by admitting Delius School and inviting other special schools, initially in the Bradford District Area Partnership (DAP) of schools, to convert as academies and join the trust. 

Trust Chief Executive, Dominic Wall said: “This development arises out of the significant changes made by the Trust, and the overall improvements achieved by staff and students of Grange, as well as the strong and growing reputation of Southfield School as a centre of excellence for SEND. The opportunity to continue these improvements under the existing executive leadership gives recognition to the successful steps taken, and the capacity for sustained improvement in both schools.”

A period of formal consultation in respect of the proposals will commence on May 8th 2017 when details will be shared at www.southfieldgrange.org.uk/consultation


Update:  On Saturday 6th May, The Telegraph & Argus featured a story abour the proposals which you can read on their website by clicking here  Alternatively, the print version is available to download at the bottom of this page.