South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust

Newbarns School seeks views on SCMAT proposal

Members of the public are invited to share their views on plans for Newbarns Primary and Nursery School to join the South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust.

A public consultation meeting will be held at the school on Thursday 9th February from 5pm to 6.30pm with a question and answer session about the proposal to academise.

It will be led by Newbarns School Headteacher Gary Birkett who said the feedback he had received from staff and parents so far had been extremely positive.

He will be joined by Professor Andrew Wren, who is Executive Head Teacher and CEO of the Trust, Director of Marketing and Communications Kathryn Kittley and Steve Jefferson, who is Headteacher of SCMAT’s first member school Chetwynde.

Gary said: “This part of the process is very important because it gives a chance to everyone connected with Newbarns School to find out more about what academisation will mean for us and a platform to have their say on the proposal. There will be a short presentation and then we want to hear people’s views.”

Newbarns is set to join Chetwynde, Ormsgill and Vickerstown schools in the SCMAT, which launched in September 2021, with other schools at early stages of the application process.

People can ask questions in person at the event or via a form on the school’s website.

To ask a question regarding the proposal for Newbarns Primary School and Nursery to join South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust, please complete the following form:


South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
c/o Chetwynde School Croslands
Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria LA13 0NY

Company number 13414087 registered in England.
Tel: 01229 824 210
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust