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Richard Rose Federation to Partner United Learning

The Richard Rose Federation, comprising the Richard Rose Central and Morton Academies, has today announced that it is to partner United Learning, a national group that comprises both academies and independent schools.

he partnership, which the Federation is committed to formalising, will provide support and assistance in the development of staff, training and in accessing the wider educational support that is possible with a national group of schools.

The two Federation academies will also receive support and guidance from the Bishop Rawstorne Academy in Lancashire, one of only 220 National Teaching Schools in the country in a relationship that has been facilitated by United Learning.

Commenting on this exciting new development Jacky Kennedy, Acting Head of Richard Rose Central said:

“Whilst we have made progress this summer in our GCSE and A level results, we realise that there is still a long way to go before we become truly successful. To get there at pace, we believe that partnership offers us the best opportunity to build on what we have already underway and enhance this through working and learning with others.”.

“We are therefore delighted that United Learning has accepted our invitation to come alongside us. Through United Learning we have already secured the support of Bishop Rawstorne Academy, which has recently been designated as a Teaching School and National Support School. Through this partnership we will be able to develop our staff, improve the quality of teaching and learning for our students and to create stability for the future”.

Katie Robinson, Head of Richard Rose Morton Academy said:

“These are exciting times. Through these new partnerships, we can truly maximise the opportunities that our new surroundings, facilities and technology can bring. We have been attracted to the idea of working with a larger family of schools for some time and we believe that this is an excellent move that will bring considerable benefit to the education that our students receive”.

Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning said:

“We are delighted to come alongside the two Richard Rose academies and work closely with them. There are areas where we believe we can support them such as in terms of training, development and support for improving teaching and learning. But we are equally conscious that there will be areas of best practice where we will be able to learn from the Richard Rose Academies and we look forward to this.

“We are a growing group providing the stability, security and long term continuity that schools are looking for. We believe in the importance of partnership and collaboration to improve the life chances of children and young people in the communities we serve. The views of staff, parents and governors are very important as we move ahead and we look forward to working closely with them as the partnership develops”.

Brian Scowcroft, Chairman of the Richard Rose Federation said:

“The Federation Board is completely confident that this is the right thing to do. This is an opportunity that will deliver very positive outcomes for both our academies. I will be retaining my day to day interest in the academies and look forward to working closely with colleagues from United Learning and Bishop Rawstorne Academy.



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