THREE primary schools – Fulham, Queen’s Manor and Sulivan – formally became part of the Brightwells Academy Trust on October 1st.
The conversion, sanctioned by the Department For Education, came after formal consultation with parents, carers, staff and unions.
The three schools will no longer be local authority maintained schools.
A leadership group comprising the three headteachers has already started to develop shared projects including pen-pals, sports and arts events.
In a joint statement, Governors and Headteachers at the schools said: “We are very pleased the conversion has taken place and are looking forward to the three schools working in partnership.”
Cllr Sue McMillan, Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Education, sent Brightwells her best wishes.
She said: “These excellent schools already do amazing work with their pupils and we think this partnership will only enhance that.
“From sharing expertise and facilities to the introduction of new and exciting activities and additions to the curriculum, it will be the pupils who benefit most. This is something I believe parents, teachers and the local communities will support.
“These schools are meeting a growing need for places in Fulham. In particular, in recent years Sulivan has gone from being threatened with closure to now being oversubscribed. By working with other schools, it will be better able to make even greater improvements to the high quality education it provides.”
Members and Directors of the multi-academy trust were confirmed at a first meeting of Brightwells on October 3rd.