The Governing Bodies of the following local primary schools: Handale, Badger Hill, Belmont, Chaloner, Galley Hill, Highcliffe, Lingdale, Lockwood, and Whitecliffe, have each changed their legal category from community to foundation school; and have acquired charitable trust status.
The schools are now known as the East Cleveland Learning Trust.
The East Cleveland Learning Trust is a co-operative membership trust, and holds each consulting school’s land and assets in trust, in this case with a strong mutual element.
A Trust School is a local authority maintained school which is supported by a charitable Trust. To become a Trust school, schools must adopt their own foundation e.g. community schools need to change their category to become a foundation school. This Trust then appoints some of the governors to serve on the school governing body.
The main benefit to pupils and parents is a strengthening of a strong partnership which has existed in East Cleveland since the days of the Old Education Action Zone. This means that there is stronger collaboration and sharing of good practice, resources and expertise between the schools. We maintain our strong links with the Local Authority.
The schools became a Co-operative Trust on the 1st September 2013 following a widespread consultation.