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Orchards becomes latest sponsored academy


The Orchards Primary Academy, in Rhayader Road, Northfield, Birmingham is the fifth school to be sponsored by Education Central Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), within the University of Wolverhampton. 

Education Central is an approved sponsor of academies by the Department for Education and it is seeking to create a family of around 20-25 schools within the trust.

The Orchards Primary Academy officially opens on 1 July 2013.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “We are very much the University of Opportunity and as such are committed to raising aspirations and attainment across the region.

“Our sponsorship of academies via Education Central is central to our vision for promoting social mobility and lifelong learning for all.

“We look forward to working in partnership with schools not to impose. We see the Multi-Academy Trust acting like a network to share success and best practice while retaining individuality, particularly where schools are already achieving in certain areas.”

Head teacher Charles Chambers said: “The future for the Orchards Academy is very exciting. Our enthusiastic and talented staff aim to make every child’s learning experience enriching and fulfilling. With enjoyment, challenge and creativity at the heart of our newly innovated curriculum, we are committed to ensuring every child reaches their full potential through inspirational learning.

“We aim to build upon the continually improving academic results our school has shown over the last few years and are supported by a wealth of experienced support staff and mentors.

"With a newly formed Leadership Team and our innovative partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, our vision is promote an ethos of success and achievement for all, developing and nurturing the aspirations of our children and supporting them to become the very best that they can be.”

The school is holding an informal open afternoon on Thursday 4th July from 1.30pm providing the opportunity to have a look around the academy and meet staff and children. 


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Date Issued: Friday 28 June 2013

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