Kids take to Sunderland Empire stage to celebrate Trust’s success

Pupils from Farringdon, New Penshaw and Plains Farm Academies rehearse at the Sunderland Empire
Pupils from Farringdon, New Penshaw and Plains Farm Academies rehearse at the Sunderland Empire
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A musical extravaganza was held to celebrate the success of a Wearside academies trust.

Youngsters from Farringdon Primary School, New Penshaw Academy and Plains Farm Academy put on a music show, Three Becomes One, at the Sunderland Empire, to mark the successes since the three schools came together.

In December 2012, Farringdon Primary, in Archer Road, converted to academy status and Inspire Multi Academy Trust was formed.

In April 2013, at the request of the Department for Education, the two other schools joined the trust, working together to ensure the children received a first-class education.

Over the last 15 months, each of the academies has been inspected by Ofsted and were found to be good overall, with outstanding leadership and management and early-years provision identified within the trust.

The directors, employees and children are very proud of what they have achieved, and the significant distance travelled in a relatively short space of time.

To celebrate, the Academy Trust hosted Three Becomes One with music and song performances.

Ann Henderson, chief executive headteacher, said: “Our governing bodies, leaders, staff teams and children across the trust have achieved so many fantastic results over the last two years. I have been immensely proud and privileged to be a part of the journey.

“The performance was a celebration to mark the journey so far, as we continue on our quest to deliver a family of outstanding academies.” Amanda McEvoy, director and co-organiser at the trust, said: “Everyone connected with the academy trust has worked tremendously hard to get to where we are today.

“This performance allowed the children to mark the achievement, they have worked so hard and were so excited about getting up on to that stage.

“We just all sat back and enjoyed the show and will prepare for the next chapter of the exciting journey.”