Welcoming Bay Leadership Academy to the Star family

Star Academies is pleased to announce that as of 1 June 2018 Bay Leadership Academy is part of the Star family.

The Morecambe secondary school, formerly known as Heysham High School, has converted to an academy and joined Star following several months of close working with governors, parents and senior leaders at the school.

Bay Leadership Academy is a 1,276 place 11-18 secondary school and sixth form college.

The change in the school’s name is intended to reflect a new chapter in its history, and sends a clear message that the entire school community is looking towards a bright future for Bay Leadership Academy pupils.

Lisa Crausby, Director of Education (Lancashire) at Star Academies, said:

“Throughout the academy conversion process we have worked closely with pupils, parents, staff and governors at the school, and have forged positive working relationships.

“The Star team brings a wealth of expertise to Bay Leadership Academy. Our approach is a collaborative one and we are very much looking forward to continuing to work with the entire school community to create opportunities for improved outcomes for all Bay Leadership Academy pupils.

“The new name signifies a fresh start for the school, but also reflects a commitment to retaining the strong local heritage and represents the school’s collective catchment of the Heysham, Morecambe and Lancaster areas. The inclusion of the word ‘leadership’ in the academy’s name is also important.  It highlights our commitment to creating opportunities for all Bay Leadership Academy pupils to benefit from experiences that will build their leadership skills to set them on track for success both in their future careers and in their lives outside school and work.

“I genuinely believe that Bay Leadership Academy will continue to make progress to achieving outstanding status, and we are delighted to be alongside them on that journey.”

John Shannon, Principal of Bay Leadership Academy, commented:

“Over the last few months, we have worked in partnership with Star and the academy’s stakeholders to formulate plans for Bay Leadership Academy’s future.

“This is an exciting time for our academy. I have no doubt that we will benefit considerably from having ready access to the expertise, approaches and support that have enabled Star to deliver outstanding results elsewhere in the country. I am also confident that our ongoing collaboration will create more opportunities for improved outcomes for our pupils and that, to me, is incredibly satisfying.”

The conversion of Bay Leadership Academy strengthens Star’s presence in Lancashire, where the Trust already runs six primary and secondary schools.


Added By: Claire Tulloch | Date Added: 1st Jun 2018 | Posted In:

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