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A Lichfield primary school has become part of a multi-academy education trust. Scotch Orchard Primary School has become part of the Arthur Terry Learning Academy Partnership (ATLP), a group of five primary schools, five secondary schools and five children’s centres across three counties. Headteacher Wendy Horden said the move would allow the school to retain its identity while also benefiting from being part of a collaborative organisation. “This is an opportunity to work with a family of schools which share our values and commitment to putting children at the heart of everything we do,” she said. “This partnership will provide so many opportunities for our children, staff and our learning community, while maintaining our own identity in a supportive, collaborative and ambitious environment. “It’s an exciting time for all.” The ALTP’s CEO is Richard Gill, formerly a teacher at The Friary School in Lichfield and assistant headteacher at Chase Terrace Technology College. He said: “What a privilege to officially welcome Scotch Orchard on board. “This is a good school in the heart of its community, with happy pupils, excellent staff and so much potential. We are planting the seeds for the future and I look forward to growing and blossoming with Scotch Orchard. “ATLP’s expansion into Staffordshire is a natural development for our partnership, which has a central base in Four Oaks. The geography of our schools enables us to collaborate closely to ensure excellence across our schools and communities.”

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