Part of

  • Blacko Primary School
  • Colne Park High School
  • Laneshaw Bridge Primary School
  • Lord Street Primary
Pennine Trust


This week an exciting proposal for an education partnership across East Lancashire and the Craven area is reaching out to parents, students, staff and local communities for feedback.

Schools from East Lancashire and the Craven area are looking to develop a new Multi Academy Trust which will provide a collaborative offer from early years to Sixth Form. The temporary working title will be Northern Roses Trust.

The schools that are engaging and consulting on this proposal are:  

  • Pendle Vale College, Lancashire
  • South Craven Academy Trust
    • South Craven School, North Yorkshire  
  • The Pennine Trust
    • Blacko Primary School, Lancashire 
    • Colne Lane Street School, Lancashire 
    • Colne Park High School, Lancashire  
    • Laneshaw Bridge Primary, Lancashire  

Through this partnership, the new trust aims to develop ambitious schools, making a real difference to the lives of all learners. The ability to collaborate and share best practice will mean that the education of all learners will be enhanced through various means, such as an engaging and enriched curriculum, effective teaching and learning methodologies, improved staff development and progression opportunities, as well as effective management of finance, HR, legal services, governance and systems for school improvement.

John Tarbox, CEO of The Pennine Trust commented:

“As we begin the consultation phase for our new educational partnership, I am thrilled by the potential this collaboration offers. The Pennine Trust, South Craven, and Pendle Vale College are uniting to form a strong and diverse family of schools across Lancashire and North Yorkshire. These schools will have the capacity to work together and support each other to improve provision further and increase opportunities for the young people we serve.”

At present the proposal is at the engagement and consultation stage and all the settings involved are engaging with their communities to gather opinions and ideas. The schools are eager to get feedback about the proposal and all key documents and guidance are available to read on the schools’ websites alongside an online survey. Feedback and questions can be sent to

Paper versions of the survey are also available at the reception desk in all of the participating schools.

Over the next three weeks, there will be a series of meetings at each school involved and full details of these meetings are available on individual school’s websites.