High School eyes partnership

Harrogate High School executive headteacher Andrew Bayston.  090114M2b.
Harrogate High School executive headteacher Andrew Bayston. 090114M2b.
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Harrogate High School is on the road to founding a multi-academy trust.

In partnership with Skipton Girls’ High School, the proposal is currently in a period of consultation, but the change is planned to be completed in spring 2015.

The schools already have close links since a relationship was established three years ago.

Executive headteacher at Harrogate High Andrew Bayston said this will now continue to evolve and improve, and that a multi-academy trust is the best way of cementing what already exists.

“The link provides greater capacity, meaning we can provide a wider range and better quality of

professional development for our staff, increased enrichment for our students, and, looking to the future to forming a multi-academy

trust, it means we can be more flexible with that work,” he said.

“We will be sharing some of the leadership opportunities, some of the sports, and other clubs will benefit from being involved with our partnership.

“Those things, just to name a few, are the reasons we would want to take up the opportunity and I think the benefits are mutual.

“We are moving towards this as an equal


Though these links would exist, both schools will retain their own distinct name, identity, ethos, and admissions arrangements.