Two Sheffield Primaries to join the Astrea Academy Trust

Academy Trust pledges to an “education with no boundaries”

Two Sheffield primary schools have pledged to join the Astrea Academy Trust. Hartley Brook Primary School and Hatfield Primary School in Sheffield are amongst the first six schools in the country to join the pioneering new Trust.

The news follows on from the recent announcement of the first four schools to join Astrea: Carrfield, Goosacre, The Hill and Highgate Primary Academies, all in Barnsley.

Astrea was established in 2015, with a view to working with primary, secondary and all-through schools in the South Yorkshire region. Led by Libby Nicholas, an outstanding Head and experienced national education leader.

Astrea has the highest expectations when it comes to academic results, but the Trust’s aspirations go well beyond the concept of ‘schooling’.

Designate CEO, Libby Nicholas said:

“It is fantastic news that Hartley Brook and Hatfield Primary Schools are joining the newly formed Astrea family. They will join four primary academies from Barnsley to form the first six schools in the Trust. We have been working closely with each of the schools and the HBH Trust for some time and look forward to building on the strong foundations in place.

“Astrea is all about ‘inspiration beyond measure’ and are committed to delivering an education with no boundaries. This means not just academic excellence, but helping children and young people develop in the broadest sense through arts, sports, leadership opportunities, enrichment and community.

“We look forward to welcoming Hartley Brook and Hatfield into the family and, together, working to ensure that every child has the best possible education throughout their time with us.”

Diana Bentley-Watts, CEO of the HBH Trust said:

“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to hand our schools over to this new Trust in South Yorkshire. After our research into possible Trusts, it was clear that Astrea will give our children what they most need – an exciting education and limitless enrichment.”

The two academies, currently part of the HBH Trust, will transfer to Astrea, together with all staff under TUPE arrangements.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Astrea is one of the beneficiaries of the Government’s “Northern Sponsor Fund” : a £10m fund created to attract and encourage the best sponsors to take on schools in the North of England.
  2. Astrea is beginning its work in the South Yorkshire area, but will ultimately work across all regions in England, working with schools at various stages of development, ranging from those requiring significant improvement through to existing outstanding schools.
  3. TheAstrea enables individual academies to flourish with real autonomy, whilst also ensuring a strong ethos of support and collaboration across our schools.