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Minster School Academy Conversion

The Minster School is due to open as a Church of England Academy on Monday 3rd December.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the Minster School in Southwell has completed its conversion to become a Church of England Academy and opens as such on Monday.  This has been a long and complicated journey of more than 2 years for the school and its governors and we are thrilled to be the first members of the Minster Trust for Education (MITRE) , a multi-academy trust  formed in partnership with the family of schools in and around the town of Southwell.

The Minster School is currently enjoying great success, building on its heritage and commitment to excellence, with outstanding examination results achieved at A Level and GCSE in the summer and a vibrant and full experience in school for students, based around our school aim, SUCCEEDING TOGETHER, underpinned by our Christian virtues of Wisdom, Optimism, Resilience, Kindness and Service.  The organisation more broadly supports schools and education regionally as a teaching school (Minster Teaching School Alliance), with more than 70 schools already working together to support the best professional learning for teachers, teacher training and leadership development.  As a National Support School staff from the Minster School are routinely deployed to work with other schools, helping them provide the best education for their students.  As a National Maths Hub (East Midlands East) and lead partner in the Nottinghamshire Music Hub (Inspire) the Minster School is ensuring the best quality education in these fields is being provided regionally. The Minster School is also very proud to be the cathedral school for Nottinghamshire, working in close partnership with Cathedral Chapter to continue the long tradition of choral worship and musical excellence.

As both CEO of MITRE  and the Head of Minster School I am excited to begin the next stages of development,  building a multi-academy trust with the clear aim to support the best education (in all its facets) in local schools.  I am now working hard to support the conversions of the other schools signed up to our Memorandum of Understanding, which clearly outlines the principles, aims and ethos of MITRE.  I am also pleased to let you know our MITRE website will be live from the end of next week (likely Friday) which will share with you in more detail our principles, aims and commitment to the best education for all.   It will be found at 

Additionally stay in touch with the Minster School in its many iterations through our website, newsletters and Twitter feeds. - Main school - Teaching School - Maths Hub

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Thank you for your continued support of the Minster School, Minster Teaching School Alliance and of MITRE as it develops to support the very best education locally; one which is founded on strong principles and a commitment to the best outcomes for all.

Matthew Parris