LAAT welcomes new schools

Lincolnshire Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT), a Multi Academy Trust formed by the Diocese of Lincoln, has welcomed Friskney Church of England Primary School and Wrawby Church of England Primary School to its growing and thriving community of schools. Since it was established in 2013, the LAAT has demonstrated its ability to provide excellent school improvement and back office support to its schools, taking the majority to Ofsted Good. 

Teachers and pupils at Friskney and Wrawby will benefit from a wide range of opportunities that belonging to the LAAT brings, including dedicated School Effectiveness Adviser (SEA) time, senior and middle leader networks and curriculum training alongside a dedicated finance and operations team. 

At Wrawby St Mary’s , Sandra Fawn has been appointed as Executive Headteacher, allowing her to continue to strategically oversee, as Exec Head, the excellent work at Wrawby’s sister school Canon Peter Hall, whilst enhancing the opportunities for pupils and staff at Wrawby. This partnership is already making a real and exciting difference to both school communities.

I am very proud and privileged to lead and manage two great schools. Already, the links are making a difference to the children. Our vision of hope and giving every child the very best is lived out in the trusts vision ‘Excellence, Exploration and Encouragement’ for all. LAAT care, and it’s as simple as that.

Gareth Smith has been appointed as Executive Head at Friskney, enabling a partnership to form with his other school Wainfleet Magdalen where he remains as Exec Head. Under Gareth’s leadership both communities, a stone’s throw away from each other, will be able to continue the drive to excellence, providing opportunities for pupils and staff to flourish and live out the vision and values that Gareth excels at providing through his inspirational leadership.

 Gareth Smith says parents, pupils, and staff are going to greatly benefit from the many advantages that being part of LAAT will bring. He comments: “This is a momentous and special part of Friskney Primary School’s history and will undeniably play a pivotal role in our future.  Being able to join an academy trust with such a reputation for compassion, care and understanding, as well as being built on the foundations of ‘Excellence, Exploration and Encouragement’, means that every member of our school community will be part of a family of schools which really care about each other. This is an exciting time for all of us and I know that this heralds the beginning of a very successful future for Friskney now that we are part of the LAAT family.”

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO, at LAAT: “We offer our congratulations to executive leaders at both Friskney and Wrawby as well as the staff in each school and are really looking forward to working with the school communities as we journey together towards Outstanding.”