Rowdeford Special School Considers Joining the Exceptional Excalibur Academies Trust

Rowdeford Special School in Devizes is currently exploring the possibility of joining Excalibur Academies Trust (EAT).

As an outstanding specialist school where developing students as human beings is paramount, Rowdeford sees the benefits of being part of an holistic all through educational experience with a multi academy trust that demonstrates outstanding progress and has values which place the student at the centre of everything.

EAT was set up in 2012 following a successful parent-led community project and at its heart is a family of schools working together to achieve excellence and empower individuality. St John’s Marlborough, which is an outstanding school, converted with some of its local primary schools and Fairfield High School in Bristol, one of the most oversubscribed schools in the city, joined in 2015. John O Gaunt Secondary School in Hungerford has been the latest member to join the trust; it was selected because of its strong community ethos and is rapidly improving.

Joining EAT would enable Rowdeford to keep its autonomy and individual nature whilst working in partnership with other schools in the trust to develop best practice and continuous improvement that will strengthen the school and create new and exciting possibilities for the whole EAT community.

Dr Patrick Hazlewood, CEO of Excalibur, said: “We are very excited about the possibility of Rowdeford joining the Trust. The expertise they offer will bring great strength to the other 8 academies in the Trust and our strong school improvement team. With our focus on ensuring that every student from the age of 4-18 receives an outstanding education, welcoming Rowdeford completes a full spectrum of educational provision that will enable us to serve our communities”

Ingrid Sidmouth, Headteacher of Rowdeford School, said, “In joining the Trust we will ensure that Rowdeford continues to be at the forefront of specialist education with improved opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of expertise and resources. It will enable us to provide excellent learning opportunities for every student in the Trust in our inspirational environments and continue to ensure that we develop core values, communication and independence, which are essential for life-long learning”.