We are very proud of the excellent job that ACE and our brilliant and committed staff have done to support two of SchoolsCompany Trust’s academies (North Devon Academy and Central Academy) in Devon since November 2017 under a Service Level Agreement. Its third school, South and West Devon Academy, was not covered by the agreement but we have also provided some support to that school, though less involved. The schools were in very poor circumstances when we started our work – Ofsted had found that safeguarding was ineffective and students were being let down.
Our priority has therefore been to ensure strong safeguarding procedures were put in place at the academies and their sites so that health and safety was of the highest order. The work we have done has been, as ever, in the best interests of the young people we serve and we will, without doubt, leave the academies in an immeasurably stronger position.
We wish the new sponsor every success going forward and would like to thank the interim leadership of SchoolsCompany Trust, Devon County Council and the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West for their support, as well as all those we have worked with during our time supporting these academies and their students.