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St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust announces top jobs as views sought on Harleston schools merger



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A multi-academy trust has announced several new appointments as its seeks feedback on plans to merge two schools in Harleston.

St Benet’s Multi-Academy Trust wants to join Harleston Primary Academy with Archbishop Sancroft High School to give continuous education to students, aged from three to 16.

With a public consultation under way ahead of the potential merger, the trust has appointed Mark Carlyle as headteacher of the primary school, with Jane Price confirmed as deputy headteacher.

Jane Price, Richard Cranmer, Mark Carlyle, Rob Connelly, Dan Stagg, Laura Botwright and Emma Johnson.Picture: Contributed
Jane Price, Richard Cranmer, Mark Carlyle, Rob Connelly, Dan Stagg, Laura Botwright and Emma Johnson.Picture: Contributed

Dan Stagg has taken a role as assistant headteacher, Lucy Gardner as nursery teacher and Emma Johnson as executive school business manager.

Trust chief executive Richard Cranmer said: “We are proud to have in place a robust team of highly-skilled teachers and staff for the new year ahead.

“Ensuring successful, sustainable education in market towns within rural areas is challenging. We, therefore, believe that by working closer together, we can secure an exciting and successful future for all children.”

The trust formed the Harleston Federation by merging both schools’ governing bodies in 2019, before revealing plans for an all-through school earlier this year.

A public consultation began in September, with a series of public events set to take place this month.

Meetings for parents, carers and other interested members of the community will take place at the primary academy on Tuesday, October 19, between 2.15pm and 3.15pm, and at the high school on the same day, between 5pm and 6pm.

For anyone who cannot attend, there is an online questionnaire for people to complete. This is available online at forms.office.com/r/cNpRZzMr56. All responses must be submitted by 4pm on October 22.

The trust is hoping to bring the two schools together fully by September 2022, with the opening of the all-through school pencilled in for September 2023.



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