New school to join Shropshire based trust

A school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs is set to join the Marches Academy Trust next month.

Sarah Finch
Sarah Finch

Woodlands School, Wem, is working with the trust to become an Academy on April 1.

The trust says it will work in partnership with Shropshire's local authority to ensure that children with SEMH needs across Shropshire get the best possible provision.

Chief executive Sarah Finch said that by joining the Marches Academy Trust, Woodlands will gain access to local support in ensuring the highest standards of education, together with securing the on-going sustainability of the school into the future.

"The school will in turn, strengthen the special education needs [SEN] expertise within the trust and continue the wonderful collaboration between schools in all aspects of learning and particularly in supporting students that require additional support with their education," she said.

“The trustees have worked with the headteacher and her leadership team at Woodlands School to ensure that everyone is confident about the collaboration going forward. This is a fantastic opportunity for the trust to grow in strength with a school that has a wealth of SEN expertise, and through the trust, Woodlands School will continue to build an excellent standard of SEMH education."

Jules Taylor, headteacher at Woodlands added: “This is an exciting prospect for the whole school community. Being part of the Marches Academy Trust will give the students and staff at Woodlands School many more learning experiences and memorable moments that will stay with our children for the rest of their lives and inspire them to become life-long learners. We can share our knowledge to provide excellent learning opportunities and experiences for all students.”

"Our next step is for parents, carers, staff, students and other members of the school community to have the opportunity to comment on the proposal."

There will be a virtual meeting for parents, carers and other members of the community on Friday at 9am to discuss the school joining the trust, and all are welcome to attend to have any questions answered. Details for joining the meeting can be obtained by calling the school reception on 01939 232372.

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