Brentwood County High School and St Clere's Co-operative Academy Trust merge


Brentwood County High School are delighted to announce that the proposed integration with St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust is fully on course for completion by September 2017.

Following stakeholder consultation, all sides have approved the merger and the formation of a new Trust from September 2017. The combined trust will be under the leadership of current SCCAT Chief Executive Officer, Paul Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths has a strong record of school improvement. He is the East of England Pupil Premium Champion and a Local Leader in Education. All of the schools in St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust have been transformed to a good Ofsted judgment within three years.

Paul Griffiths said “We are delighted that Brentwood County High School has decided to integrate into our multi-academy trust and join our family of schools.  We believe our trust and BCHS have much to offer each other.”

St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust, established in 2011, was the first Co-operative Academy Trust in the UK. A cross-phase Trust, each school has retained its own identity while committing to the shared values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. As a fellow co-operative academy, BCHS consider their integration with the SCCAT family of schools as a natural fit.

Responding to the successful consultation, BCHS Chair of Governors Rosemary Lovatt was looking forward to the future. “I am excited by the opportunities this gives our students and staff".

SCCAT Chair, Trisha Jaffe welcomed the prospect of the new Trust, “As co-operatives, BCHS and SCCAT have been working together for some time and have already benefitted from that. Joining the trusts together seems logical. Support and challenge are a key feature of the way we work. All schools will benefit from the history and strengths that BCHS brings.

BCHS headteacher, Stephen Drew sees the move as a positive step. “The integration of our school with St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust is a wonderful opportunity for our school’s future. We have shared values as co-operatives. We will be able to provide support and challenge each other as part of a larger group. Our schools are only 20 minutes apart and I look forward to working in the new Trust in the coming years.”