Proposal to form multi-academy trust

26th May 2017

We are proposing to change our legal status to an Academy and form a new multi-academy trust, in partnership with St Vincent College in Gosport.

Both college leadership teams, together with their board of governors, have been assessing their strategic options for the future. They firmly believe that this move would help to protect and further enhance their quality of teaching and broad ranging curriculum offer.  Students at both colleges, and indeed future students from their local communities, would benefit significantly from pooled resources and knowledge as well as added investment, made possible through joint economies of scale in areas such as purchasing, as well as the VAT exemption awarded to Academies.

Should the proposal go ahead, the Trust, which would be known as the Lighthouse Learning Trust, would have overarching responsibility for the governance of both Academies. Matt Atkinson, Principal of St Vincent College and former Deputy Principal of Richard Taunton, would take on the role of the Trust CEO. Alice Wrighton, Principal of Richard Taunton, would be his Deputy and David Jenkinson, Deputy Principal of St Vincent College, would become the Chief Financial Officer. Both Matt and Alice would retain their roles as Principals at their respective colleges and their students would continue to study at their existing campus locations.

Principal of Richard Taunton, Alice Wrighton, says, “I am very excited by the prospect of forming a multi-academy trust with St Vincent College. This move would increase levels of achievement, support growth and innovation and ensure that all young people in both communities continue to have access to first class education, regardless of background or circumstances. We believe that an exciting future awaits us! ”

The colleges are entering into a consultation period where they will be inviting staff, students and parents of existing students to share their views on this proposal. Governors of both colleges will take this feedback into account before making a final decision. If approved, the Trust would later seek to extend membership to similar local schools and colleges who operate in a way that aligns with their shared values.

To learn more about the proposed changes, including the rationale, benefits and implications, go to