RATTON became the first school in Eastbourne to officially become a Trust on May 3.
This means that the specialist Performing Arts school in Park Lane has opted out of control of East Sussex County Council.
Head David Linsell said the Trust was the result of 18 months’ hard work, and signals an exciting future for Ratton.
“We are already a successful school and becoming a Trust will enable us to build on that considerable success,” he said. “These are very exciting times for Ratton.
“The education world is changing rapidly – including here in Eastbourne – and we have had to respond to change.
“We believe that sitting still and doing nothing was not an option.
“What we have set up will provide a massive boost for the Ratton community.”
Trust status means:-
• The governing body becomes the employer, not the local authority
• The governors control admissions and own the land
• The school enters into long-term relationships with businesses and organisations.
Ratton’s partners are Drusillas Zoo at Alfriston, St Bede’s School at The Dicker, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club through the Albion in the Community scheme, EPIC, an e-company based in Brighton and MacConvilles Surveying, based in Brighton.
Peter Lindsey, chair of governors, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have secured the support of five wonderful partners who have all agreed to work, both short-term and long-term, with the Ratton School community.
“We believe that, in itself, will boost our students and staff.
“They will also provide extra governance as we move forward.
“We are already a very popular school, as our number of entrants into Year 7 every year, shows, and our recent OFSTED verdict was that we are a good school.
“But we need to get better, we all have a desire within the Ratton community to become an outstanding school.”