South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust

Trust fully subscribed for 2023

A popular multi-academy trust has reached capacity for entry this academic year after a fourth school announced plans to join in September 2023.

Governors at Victoria Infant and Nursery School voted to academise and join the South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust, which is led by Furness College.

The 220-pupil school on Oxford Street, which is rated Good by Ofsted, is now scheduled to join the Trust alongside Newbarns Primary and Nursery School, South Walney Junior School and Cambridge Primary School. They will join current members Chetywnde, Ormsgill and Vickerstown schools.

Victoria Infant and Nursery School Headteacher Lindsay Grayless said the decision had been taken following a series of in-depth meetings with staff from the local multi-academy trusts in the best interests of the pupils, who are aged 3 to 7.

“We carefully considered the direction of our wonderful school and believe this will be greatly enhanced by working in partnership with the SCMAT and the support it will bring across all aspects of life at Victoria Infant and Nursery School. The Trust was formed with a vision that fits well with our own aims and ethos to inspire all children to be the best they can be and puts us at the forefront of decision making for our school.

“The staff at SCMAT really understand our school, its ethos, individuality and connection with the community, and have a real willingness in supporting us to achieve our aims.

“With three more schools joining this year, we can go through this process of academisation together.”

Cumbria County Council has been informed and there will now be meetings with the Department for Education and informal discussions with stakeholders prior to starting the formal consultation and application process.

SCMAT Chief Executive Professor Andrew Wren said he was delighted to achieve a full complement of schools in the Trust’s second year.

“Victoria Infant and Nursery School is a fantastic school with a headteacher who is fully committed to bringing about positive improvements for the good of her pupils and staff. I was set a maximum intake of four schools in 2023 by my board and could only dream of reaching this target but local governors, heads and staff are recognising the progress we are making with our current member schools and have approached me because they want to be a part of our Trust.

“We are now inviting expressions of interest from schools who are looking to academise in future and are happy to visit to talk about our work.”

For further information about joining the South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust, visit the website



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

Tel: 01229 824 210

Company number 13414087 registered in England.
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust