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Anglian Learning Trust, which runs a school in Bury St Edmunds and a number near Haverhill has won a national award




The Anglian Learning Trust, which looks after schools in West Suffolk, including Bury St Edmunds, as well as a number of schools near Haverhill, has been crowned the winner of a national award.

The Trust was presented the ‘Outstanding governance in a multi-academy trust’ award during the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 last Thursday at the House of Commons.

Unity Schools Partnership, which runs Samuel Ward and Castle Manor academies in Haverhill, among others, was also named on the final shortlist of five for the same title, and Unity employee Becky Poyntor was a runner-up in the category for 'outstanding lead governance professional'.

Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning Trust, and Claire Lawton, Chair of Trustees at Anglian Learning. Picture: Anglian Learning.
Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning Trust, and Claire Lawton, Chair of Trustees at Anglian Learning. Picture: Anglian Learning.

The biennial awards recognise the contribution made by governors, trustees and governance professionals to the education of pupils.

Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning, said: “I could not be prouder of our fantastic governance team.

"Despite a challenging year in education, they have maintained exceptional standards, consistently pushing the boundaries of what governance can and should be.

Alison Weir, headteacher of Howard Community Academy, which is run by Anglian Learning. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Alison Weir, headteacher of Howard Community Academy, which is run by Anglian Learning. Picture: Mecha Morton.

“This is a phenomenal achievement for our Trust and I am extremely grateful to all those who have volunteered their time to make Anglian Learning the Trust it is today – this award is for you.”

The Trust mostly operates schools in south Cambridgeshire, among them Linton Village College, Linton Heights Junior School, The Meadow School in Blasham, Sawston Village College and Bottisham Village College.

It also recently came into work at Howard Community Academy, in Bury and works with the Pines Primary School and Pine Cones Pre-school in Red Lodge.

Claire Lawton, chair of trustees at Anglian Learning, said: “On behalf of all trustees, governors, and governance professionals across the Trust, I would like to thank the NGA for this award, recognising our passion and determination for outstanding governance.

“My thanks goes to all of our governance leaders for their contribution to our success in achieving this award, reflecting as it does the commitment and professionalism of all who lead and support our schools.”

Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity Schools Partnership, said: “We are delighted that Becky Poynter’s hard work and commitment has been recognised by the panel.

“She is a huge advocate of the importance of strong school governance and we are lucky to have her as part of our central team.

“I would also like to congratulate every member of our trust board and all the recipients from this year’s National Governance Association awards.”

Anglian Learning shared their award with South London and East Sussex based STEP Academy Trust.

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