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South Dartmoor
Community College

Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST) is the new sponsor of SDCC

23rd October 2019


Dear Parent / Carer,

I am writing to you today to provide a very positive update on the transfer of South Dartmoor Community College (SDCC) from South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (SDMAT) to a new trust.
The Head Teacher Board of the Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West (RSC SW), at the Department for Education (DfE) met on Monday and has approved Westcountry Schools Trust as the new sponsor of SDCC. Three other schools, Atrium Studio School, Ashburton Primary School and Buckfastleigh Primary School will also transfer to Westcountry Schools Trust. The three remaining schools in SDMAT will join The Link Academy Trust. I know a number of people submitted representations to the RSC SW ahead of the decision, and I would like to thank you for your engagement in the process.
Westcountry Schools Trust is a strong, successful trust currently made up of 18 schools of which five are secondary and 13 are primary. I believe it will be an excellent sponsor as it is a very well-run Trust that has the same ethos as your school – I hope you agree that this is an excellent solution with real potential to support the school on its ongoing journey of improvement.
The decision will mean that, subject to the usual due diligence process and contracts, Westcountry Schools Trust will become the sponsor of SDCC. We are hopeful that the process will move forward rapidly, providing certainty to you, with transfer to Westcountry Schools Trust taking place in the early part of next year.
Westcountry Schools Trust is already arranging a number of meetings, with respective headteachers and governors at the start of November, and the Trust’s leaders will let you know in due course when a meeting will be held with you and your fellow parents to set out their vision for the new partnership and will take questions – I know they are keen to meet you.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout this period – I am very excited about the new chapter in your school’s story.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Barry

Interim Chief Executive Officer

South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust