Kirkby Thore School has been given the go ahead by the Department for Education to join Changing Lives Learning Trust with a proposed transfer date of 1st January 2024. The village school will be the eighth school to become part of the growing Trust, which is sponsored by Sellafield Ltd, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the University of Central Lancashire.
Changing Lives Learning Trust receives state funding to support schools and its vision to “have legitimate grounds to claim that those we undertake to teach and train will have a preparation for life that is excelled by no other”.
By joining the Changing Lives Learning Trust staff will share their expertise, knowledge and skills to collaborate with other schools in the Trust and improve children’s education even further.
Nicky Edwards, Interim Headteacher at Kirkby Thore School said: “We are all very excited about this next stage in the development of our school. Changing Lives will help enhance the education of our children by drawing on their vision and their distinction. In order to grow and prosper, we need to build on the many successes we have already achieved since our inspection. When the opportunity arose to be the next primary school to join Changing Lives we knew this was by far the right choice for us. We’ve already held positive meetings with the staff, parents and governors.”
Chair of governors, added: “We are delighted that Kirkby Thore School is joining Changing Lives Learning Trust. We look forward to the strong working relationship we will have with their existing schools and their communities to make our school the natural choice for the education and care of the children in our area.”
Jonathan Johnson, Chief Executive of Changing Lives Learning Trust also commented: “Having visited Kirkby Thore School a number of times now I am already deeply invested in seeing the school thrive. It is a special and wonderful place for children to learn and grow. The staff are kind and so very generous in their support of the children and we are proud that the Department for Education and they have entrusted us to work alongside them in changing lives through learning.”