Local Alternative Provision Schools Rebranded

Three in the borough become part of Ormiston Academies Trust

The Courtyard Academy in Fulham
The Courtyard Academy in Fulham. Picture: Google Streetview

Three alternative provision (AP) academies in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham have been taken over by the Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

Following the approval of the Minister for the School System, Baroness Berridge, OAT will take over from the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust, which formerly ran the schools for excluded and vulnerable learners.

In 2020 the TBAP trust announced that its financial position was unsustainable and it therefore was forced to relinquish control of the schools. It had been served with a financial notice to improve in August 2018 after failing to balance its budget. The trust blamed late payments by local authorities for its financial woes.

The school in Shepherd’s Bush will now be know as the Ormiston Latimer Academy and the two in Fulham will become the Ormiston Bridge Academy and Ormiston Courtyard Academy. Many of the existing staff remain in post at the academies.

Another school in London and TBAP’s associated management intervention centres (Childerley Centre, Golborne Education Centre and Westminster Education Centre) and Primary Outreach service have also joined OAT.

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), said, “We are delighted to welcome these four academies to the wider OAT family, and are excited to work closely with the staff, students and members of each schools’ communities.

The Department for Education defines alternative provision as “education arranged by local authorities for pupils who, because of exclusion, illness or other reasons, would not otherwise receive suitable education; education arranged by schools for pupils on a fixed period exclusion; and pupils being directed by schools to off-site provision to improve their behaviour.”

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September 6, 2021