St Luke’s Church of England School has formally joined the Ted Wragg Educational Trust.
The Trust was formed in 2010 with the aim of creating an outstanding educational experience for all of Exeter’s children and St Luke’s joins Cranbrook Education Campus, Exwick Heights Primary, Isca Academy, St James School, West Exe School and Whipton Barton in being members of the Trust.
The news coincides with the formal announcement of Kealey Sherwood as the new Headteacher at the secondary school.
Chief Executive Officer of the Ted Wragg Trust Moira Marder said, “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome St Luke’s school to the Ted Wragg Trust family. St Luke’s will complement our Exeter secondary schools and enable maximum opportunities for children’s education across the city of Exeter.”
Speaking on the appointment of Kealey Sherwood as St Luke’s new headteacher, Moira added, “I am absolutely delighted that Kealey Sherwood has been appointed as Headteacher. She was a stand-out candidate in a strong field and I am excited to be working with her for the benefit of the students and school which I am confident will go from strength to strength in a very short period of time.”
On joining the Trust, Kealey said, “I am incredibly proud to have been given the opportunity to lead St Luke’s school at such an exciting time and take great strength from the support, advice and guidance that we now have in place from our colleagues at the Ted Wragg Trust. The Trust has been instrumental in our improvement over the past term and has provided us with specialist staff that have enabled us to rapidly develop our provision, our leadership and, most importantly, the quality of education for our students. On behalf of every member of staff at St Luke’s, I want to thank everyone at the Ted Wragg Trust for their continued support and we look forward to a very successful future together.”
The Trust has been working in partnership with St Luke’s since September 2019 supporting school improvement, with a focus on developing its leadership and wider teaching and learning.
Laurie Burbridge, who is Co-Chair of Governors with Hilary Jones, said, “It is already apparent that joining the Ted Wragg Trust is one of the very best decisions that the Governing Body at St Luke’s school has ever made. The quality of support we have received from the Trust and the time, expertise and energy delivered to us has exceeded our expectations. Through this support, we have been able to implement a rapid improvement plan which is already delivering impressive results. The governors believe that we are at the start of an exciting journey and with the support of our colleagues throughout the Trust, we feel our school is in a very good place to maximise the potential of our excellent students.”
The addition of St Luke’s to the Trust will further strengthen the opportunities for strong partnership working across the city, with a real focus on inclusivity and improving the life chances of all Ted Wragg Trust pupils.
Rob Bosworth, Chair of the Trust, said, “I am delighted that St Luke’s School has joined the Ted Wragg Educational Trust. The Trustees are confident that we can work with local governors, staff, parents and community partners to ensure the school continues to make progress and offers a good educational experience for its children. The Exeter educational landscape is thriving and we aim to ensure every child in the locality will have access to a school that enables learners to succeed and achieve their potential.”