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The Shared Learning Trust (TSLT) and Spiral Partnership Trust (SPT) are in discussions regarding a possible partnership to benefit pupils, staff and families across Herts, Luton and Central Beds, which would result in SPT & TSLT merging their academies from 1st September 2022. The two trusts are working together with the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss the merger plans.


TSLT is responsible for five primary and secondary academies (including a sixth form and two nurseries) across Luton and Central Bedfordshire. Serving 4,200 pupils and their families, it has an annual budget of £23.5M and employs around 500 staff.


SPT is responsible for six primary academies (three of which have nurseries) in Hertfordshire comprising 1,900 pupils, and their families, it has an annual budget of £10M and employs around 320 staff. 


Should agreement be reached, this merger will create an even stronger group of 11 academies serving their communities and helping to shape children’s futures for the better. The pandemic has demonstrated the benefits of partnership and teamwork more profoundly than ever. Through collaboration, both trusts are determined to consider all possibilities in finding the best possible future for staff and pupils.


Whilst no final decision has been made, due diligence will commence in November 2021 and, as part of this, a series of consultations on the proposal will take place with staff, parents and the wider community. The Regional Schools’ Commissioner for the Northwest London South Central region, Dame Kate Dethridge, will ultimately have ultimate approval of the merger.


Commenting on the proposals, Cathy Barr, Chief Executive of TSLT, said:

“TSLT is a well-established trust and is committed to working with other schools in the area to provide the best possible future for pupils. TSLT and SPT share a strong vision, underpinned by clear mutual values, which support the emergence of a new stronger organisation should plans go ahead. We are delighted to engage with SPT trustees about a merger and have been very encouraged by the positive discussions which have taken place so far with like-minded colleagues”.


Amanda Godfrey and Androulla Peek, joint CEOs of SPT said:

“SPT has a strong ethos; we strive to provide the best possible opportunities for all pupils at the academies within our Trust and continuation and further development of this is the overriding aim we are seeking from any partnership with TSLT. SPT and TSLT have a common philosophy that has helped them to become strong, well-run Trusts, creating a wealth of opportunities for the pupils and staff within their care. We look forward to continuing to work with TSLT and the DfE to examine how increased size and scale, alongside the sharing of expertise and opportunities, will benefit our pupils and staff”.


Cathy Barr, Chief Executive
The Shared Learning Trust


Amanda Godfrey, Chief Executive Officer

Androulla Peek, Chief Executive Officer
Spiral Partnership Trust