Commercial Partner, Craig Malarkey who was involved in the conversion in the latter part of 2016 says;
"This is an example of where academy conversion is working for the benefit of the children and their education. Having worked closely with Ad Astra Trust since its formation I have had the pleasure and benefit of working with the educational leadership within the Trust and the schools within it, but also the trustee leadership team and their excellent support from the central operations team.
This is a collection of very good schools across a diverse social sector showing that with the right support and people good results can be achieved. I am sure that Brougham Primary will only add to the strength of the Trust.
Academies generate a mixed response, however, this is a great example of where it can be a success for all – and where the children are at the forefront of the Trust’s ambitions and focus.”
Further information on how the team can support academy conversions can be found here: http://www.tbilaw.co.uk/site/business/education-law-solicitors/
Julie Thomas, headteacher of Brougham Primary School and trustee of Ad Astra Academy Trust, has told of how the new partnership provides both organisations with a “wonderful opportunity”. She said: “We are delighted to join the Ad Astra Academy Trust. It provides us with a wonderful opportunity to work together with other schools across the Academy Trust sharing skills, expertise and good practice to ensure that we achieve the very best for our children.” The school was described as “good” by Ofsted when government inspectors last visited, and has been welcomed into Ad Astra by its chief executive officer, Andy Brown OBE. He said: “We are very excited to team up with staff, governors, pupils and parents within the Brougham community and work alongside the school as it continues its journey to outstanding.