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About the Trust

In 2014, the Academy Trust which has been responsible for running Godmanchester Community Primary School since it converted to academy status in 2012, decided to put in a bid to sponsor the new primary school planned for the Bearscroft development.

After a competitive process the bid was successful and, as a result, the Trust became a Multi-Academy Trust - Godmanchester Community Education Trust, later renamed to Orchard Learning Trust - and has responsibility for now for 3 schools.

What is a Multi-Academy Trust?

A multi-academy trust is a collaborative organisational structure enabling a single Trust to govern more than one school. This has significant advantages including sharing best practice, economic benefits due to shared costs and central services, flexibility of resources and improved staff retention due to enhanced development opportunities.

Orchard Learning Trust (formerly Godmanchester Community Education Trust).

Orchard Learning Trust is a registered company and charity. It has a Board whose members oversee the work of the Board of Directors who are responsible for achieving the Trust’s objectives. The Board of Directors implement the strategy on behalf of the Trust, hold school leadership to account, ensure financial probity and are responsible for compliance with the various legal requirements involved in running an organisation of this nature. A number of responsibilities are delegated to local governing bodies, one for each school.