24 NOV 2016

Statement on the future of Winterbourne International Academy

Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke and Luke Hall MP Thornbury and Yate's joint statement in relation to parents and pupils concerns over the process of finding new sponsor arrangements for both Winterbourne Academy and Yate International Academy.

"As two local South Gloucestershire MP's where the Ridings Federations Schools serve and educate our young people we have grown concerned over the fast evolving issues with the Ridings Trust. We are both extremely grateful to the many pupils, parents and teachers that have got in touch with us to share their concerns, thoughts and views on where the trust should go from here.

"We acknowledge the constituents concerns over the possible bid from Oasis Community learning and note with interest the potential proposals coming forward jointly from Castle School Education Trust and Olympus trusts. As existing local providers we feel this new proposal is worth exploring. To ensure the best outcome for pupils, parents and teaching staff we will be meeting with Castle School Education Trust and Olympus Trust urgently and we are organising to meet with the Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, next week."

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