Part of

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

Merger Consultation and engagement

Welcome to the Trust Consultation and Engagement

The Pennine Trust, South Craven Trust and Pendle Vale College are proposing to join together to form a new multi-academy trust. This organisation will serve young people across the East Lancashire and Craven regions. The provisional working name of the new trust is Northern Roses. As we develop our plans for this new trust, we are keen to listen to the views of all of our stakeholders. 

Why are we doing this?

The three primary schools in the Pennine Trust have really benefitted from working together to develop their provision. By creating a larger organisation with South Craven School and Pendle Vale College, this collaborative approach will be extended across three strong secondary schools. The new trust will have the capacity and resources to support school improvement within the schools involved and across the wider area.

We have a clear sense of purpose which is to build highly ambitious schools which make a difference for all the learners across our community. All the associated schools hold similar values and emphasise these in their day to day practice. This alignment means we can build a strong organisation with a clear identity and approach matched to the community we serve.

The schools involved are close geographically and within a 30 minute car journey of each other.  This makes collaboration and sharing resources very achievable.

As part of a larger trust ‘family’, each school will have access to the expertise that a bigger organisation can afford and the ability to influence policy and developments across the region.

What will this mean for each school?

We are not planning to make radical changes in any of our schools; they are all playing a successful and positive role in their communities.  After joining the new trust, schools will have the same name, uniform and key staff as before.

However, over time, we will work to deliver increased school to school support and deliver efficiencies that will mean teachers can spend more of their time doing what matters most, teaching our young people. 

Your views are important:

We hope the engagement and consultation provides you with the information you need to understand our proposal. We want this to be the best it can be, so please do give us any feedback you have about things you think we should consider and areas we can improve. 

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the engagement and consultation period.

What parents and carers need to know

The following frequently asked questions document provides a summary of the rationale for this proposal and how it will affect pupils, staff and other stakeholders. If your questions are not answered in this summary, you can learn more by attending the face-to-face meeting or by emailing the dedicated address given below.

Click here to access FAQ document

Consultation Timetable

The Pennine Trust 29th April to 15th May
South Craven School 29th April to 15th May
Pendle Vale College 29th April to 27th May

In-person Meetings and Online Meetings

Across the consultation period, we will be holding a series of in-person and online meetings for parents and the community to attend.

Staff consultation for secondary phase 15th May at 15:15 held at Park High School
Staff consultation for primary phase 9th May at 16:00 held at Laneshaw Bridge Primary School
Parental consultation for both phases 8th May at 18:00 held at Park High School

We'd like to hear from you

To have your say complete our online survey, or if you prefer complete a paper feedback form available at your school or college reception. The deadline for submitting your feedback is 18:00 on 16th May 2024. 

To complete the survey, click here.

If you have any further questions at this stage, please email