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  • Local Governor Recruitment Drive

    Published 25/02/19
    We have numerous vacancies across our trust for local governors.  Further information about this role can be found below.  If you are interested in the role or would simply like to discuss the role further then please contact Sandra Taylor
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  • "Little Forest is open!".

    Published 15/11/18

    The Little Forest Open Day was well attended."Little Forest is open!".

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  • The Little Forest open day

    Published 16/10/18

    The Little Forest Open Day

    Thursday 8th November 2018. 11am2pm

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  • Granville Academy investment news

    Published 15/06/18

    Granville Academy to benefit from multi- million pound investment into sports, science and design facilities

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  • And our new chief executive┬áis.......

    Published 20/02/18

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian McNeilly as our new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Steve Allen who is due to retire. 


    The Trust will forever be indebted to Steve Allen for the all the hard work he has done in establishing the Trust and we hope he enjoys his retirement.  However, we are delighted that we have been able to appoint Ian McNeilly to take over as CEO.  Ian has an excellent track record of school improvement and we are all looking forward to working with him on our Multi-Academy Trust Journey” said Liz Laughlin, Chair of the Trust Board. 


    As one of Ofsted’s Senior Her Majesty’s Inspectors, Ian was responsible for the oversight of all academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs) across the East Midlands.  He has experience of conducting reviews of Multi-Academy Trusts and therefore brings a breadth of knowledge about what it takes to be a successful MAT.  Ian has previously worked with numerous headteachers to improve their schools, both formally and informally.  The Trust Board is really looking forward to utilising this knowledge for the benefit of the Trust. 


    Ian will commence his role on the 1st May, allowing for a period of handover between him and Steve Allen, prior to Steve retiring at the end of the academic year. 


    Steve Allen, stated: “I am delighted with the appointment of Ian.  It was a unanimous decision by the Trust Board and all academy Principals are equally thrilled that the right person has been appointment.  This is a very exciting time for the Trust and I am sure Ian will successfully lead the future growth of the Trust and make a real difference to the lives of the families and children we serve.”


    Ian McNeilly said, “It is going to be a great challenge taking over from such a successful and committed professional as Steve Allen but it is one I am very much looking forward to. Along with the staff of the Trust, I am keen to support and challenge the schools’ Principals, leadership teams, teachers and governors to ensure all children in the de Ferrers family get the best start in life that they can.”


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  • Letter from the Chief Executive

    Published 19/09/17
    The Chief Executive, Steve Allen, has made the very difficult decision to announce his retirement after 34 years in education.  Please see the letter he has sent to all students, staff and parents. 
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  • Welcome to granville academy

    Published 01/09/17

    We are thrilled to welcome a new partner to our Multi-Academy Trust, namely Granville Academy (formerly known as Granville Sports College) who will officially convert on the 1 September 2017.  


    We have worked collaboratively with Granville for a number of months, but the Trust has allowed us to cement that relationship even further.


    David Gaskin, Chair of Governors had this to say: “We are extremely pleased to have joined The de Ferrers trust.  After spending many hours researching our options and looking for the best way to continue to move Granville forward, we are confident that working as part of the Trust will be in the best interest of the students, staff and all those involved with the School.  We believe that working within the Trust will provide more opportunities for both the students and staff along with increased support, sharing of resources and economies of scale.  I am personally both positive and excited to be starting the next school year as Granville Academy and have high hopes for its future.


    Jo Kingswood, Headteacher at the school added “Granville School has been on a strong improvement journey over the last two years. We saw the prospect of joining The de Ferrers Trust as a fantastic opportunity to continue our work within a  supportive and collaborative, local partnership, with a shared vision and ethos.  The achievement of our students is at the heart of all we do at Granville and we aspire to excellence in all areas.  We know that working with the various schools in the Trust will enable us to share expertise, develop our capacity to deliver high quality professional development for our staff and challenge our practice to enable us to deliver the best possible outcomes.  We are incredibly proud to be opening in September as Granville Academy and look forward to working more closely with The de Ferrers Trust”.


    Work will take place with the school to replace signage with the new name and logo in the hope that when students and staff return after their summer break the school will have that ‘wow effect’.  


    Steve Allen, Chief Executive of The de Ferrers Trust said “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Granville over the last few months . The students, staff and governors are simply outstanding and I have no doubt that by working even more closely we will ensure that every child has an exciting and rewarding education. Numerous plans are already underway to further enhance the great experiences the children already receive. We are crystal clear that together we can achieve more.”


    Granville will be the sixth school to join the Trust, joining The Pingle Academy, The de Ferrers Academy, Horninglow Primary, Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne.  


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  • Another year of gcse success

    Published 01/09/17

    The Trust would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 students and our committeed team of colleagues for yet another year of GCSE and BTEC success.

    Students across the Trust have performed admirably despite the difficulties of tackling a different grading scale, since the traditional A* to U grading system has changed to a numerical scale between 0 and 9. 

    An incredible 19 students at The de Ferrers Academy achieved nine grade A or equivalent results. They are, Emily Doran, Eve Grady, Sophie Lawless, Jessica Morris, Megan Lear, Hiba Tu Noor Rabbani, Freya Taylor, Archie Skeels, Kier Long, Ibrar Ahmed, Lewis Anderson, Elin Mills, Lucy Pendleton, Lewis Gladwin, Autumn Beddoe, Mollie Cox, Lainya Knopik, Jessica Stevens and Eleanoe Ramshaw.

    Nick Holmes, Principal at the Academy has applauded the students at the school for their dedication throughout their studies.

    Mr Holmes said: "I am delighted for the pupils, their hard work has paid off and they fully deserve the excellent results that they have achieved."

    Students at The Pingle Academy also performed well.  Speaking of the students’ triumph, Principal, Vivien Sharples, said: "I am delighted that we have so many success stories to tell

    We are delighted that so many of our students have surpassed their targets and achieved the new good grade of 9-5 in English and Maths.

    We will welcome back a large proportion of our students into the sixth form, as well as many students from other schools. They can look forward to a great experience here at Pingle in a sixth form which has achieved outstanding A level results this summer".


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  • A-Level Success!

    Published 22/08/17

    The Trust is pleased to report yet another year of fantastic A-Level results at our two secondary academies. 

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  • Blooming with Pride

    Published 11/07/17

    Horninglow Primary School in Burton blooming with pride after opening of new garden.

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  • Trust Academies seeing the benefits of being part of a multi academy trust

    Published 23/05/17

    The de Ferrers Trust is celebrating an award of £718,000 from the Education Funding Agency to further improve the buildings and facilities of the academies in the Trust.  Despite the robust bidding process, the Trust was successful and work is set to take place over the summer.  Various projects across the Trust Academies are planned which will allow for roof repairs, improvements to fire safety and replacement of windows and doors.  

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  • Swadlincote school joins forces with The de Ferrers Trust to become The Pingle Academy

    Published 12/05/17


    A Swadlincote secondary school has announced a name change as it joins The de Ferrers Trust after months of planning and preparation. 

    Pingle's Principal Vivien Sharples said: "We are delighted to announce that The Pingle School has joined The de Ferrers Trust. Being part of a Multi-Academy Trust brings lots of advantages, such as more freedom to differentiate the curriculum for the needs of different students.

    It also means better value for money as the buying power from several academies in the trust is greater. We have been working closely with staff from the Trust and from The de Ferrers Academy to prepare for the transfer and there is a real sense of collaboration.

    The ethos of The de Ferrers Trust very closely matches our own. The trust encourages all students to aim high and this ties in with our mantra, "learning, progress, success … no excuses". Individual and student needs are at the centre of all we do and we encourage all students to be the best that they can be.

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