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NEWS RELEASE from Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive & Carrie Matthews, Principal

3 March 2015 



Barnfield Academy Trust is delighted to announce that it has finally been granted Government permission to separate from its original sponsor, Barnfield College, and launch as a new stand-alone Academy Trust.

The move follows months of hard work and negotiation by the staff, and means that Barnfield Academy Trust can now look forward to an exciting future offering children from 4–18 top class teaching in the area.

CEO of the Trust Andrew Cooper said: “Today’s announcement is the news we’ve all been waiting for. There have been issues and challenges in recent times, but from today it’s a brand new start for us. This is fantastic news for teachers, parents and most importantly the children and students we teach in our two primary schools, two secondary schools and studio school”.

“The Ministerial permission to go it alone demonstrates a huge vote of confidence in the great work already being done in our five schools. We share that confidence – we are all incredibly excited about this fantastic opportunity”.

The schools that make up the new Academy Trust are Barnfield South, Barnfield West, Moorlands Free School, Barnfield Vale and the Barnfield Studio School.

As part of the Academy Trust’s new chapter, it will have a new name in the near future.



Pride in our Pupils at BMFS

Our pupils continue to fill us with a sense of pride by their committment to our values and ethos, particularly when presenting themselves in front of visitors and when off-site on educational excursions.

We have recently welcomed a visitor from the Salvation Army to share news of their valuable work in the community and she left with the following comment: "It was such a pleasure to come into your school....I must say the atmosphere in the school was a joy to experience. Lots of laughter, yet manners and discipline were clearly evident."

Such sentiments were also echoed by many of our honoured guests at our Remembrance Day event recently: "Your pupils are so welcoming and talk to us with genuine interest and lovely manners.....They are clearly enjoying themselves at school and we are looking forward to coming back to see them and your staff next time."



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