Rossett School in Harrogate joins Red Kite academy
Last updated Aug 31, 2023
Tim Milburn at Rossett School - 28 April 2023 (1)
Rossett headteacher Tim Milburn outside the school.

Rossett School in Harrogate has joined the Red Kite Learning Trust, it was announced today.

The secondary school, which was founded 50 years ago, becomes the 14th school to join the multi-academy trust.

Other members include Harrogate Grammar School, Oatlands Junior School, Western Primary School, Rossett Acre Primary School and Coppice Valley Primary School.

A statement issued by the trust today said Rossett “will benefit from shared knowledge and a central team of experts for finance, HR, IT, estates and communications”.

The move follows an announcement in May that Rossett’s sixth form would merge with nearby Harrogate Grammar’s.

At the time Richard Sheriff, chief executive of the trust, said there was a long-term vision for Rossett and Harrogate Grammar to collaborate more closely.

He said better outcomes for children was the main driver for change but acknowledged cost was also “absolutely part of this”.

Rossett’s income, which is based on student numbers, has decreased significantly in recent years due to pupil numbers falling by roughly a third from 1,500 to 1,000.

Rossett already had a close relationship through its membership of Red Kite Alliance, a less formal collaboration of 50 Yorkshire schools.

Former Harrogate Grammar deputy head Tim Milburn was appointed Rossett head this year.

(from left) Richard Sheriff, Tim Milburn and trust chair Chris Tulley

Mr Sheriff said today the move would provide “security and support” for Rossett:

He added:

“Whilst the school will benefit greatly from being part of our trust, this is very much a two-way relationship with Rossett bringing new colleagues with talents, skills and knowledge that will further enhance our partnership.

“Working together, collaboratively, our schools thrive and deliver outstanding outcomes for the children and young people in our care.”

Mr Milburn, said:

“The due diligence carried out over the past few months cemented our decision to join this Trust and we are excited to be starting the new academic year as part of such a strong collaboration of schools.”

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