In 2010 Tor View Specialist Learning Community was invited to, along with other eligible schools, to apply become an academy. However, at that time, the consensus of opinion amongst the various stakeholders was that the school would be better placed to remain as a maintained school.

Early in 2016 the Governing Body reconsidered the Academy question and in the light of the strongly pro-academy Government agenda considered that the school would benefit from academy, and more specifically MAT, status as this would allow the school to remain true to the identified vision and values.

Following a consultation process with staff, parents and carers, the school gained the necessary core support and permissions to proceed with the application for conversion to an Academy. The Governing Body then agreed that the school should take the next steps towards conversion; the Department for Education and Local Authority were advised accordingly and the school successfully converted to Academy status on 1st January 2017.

The challenge of ensuring a smooth and seamless transition was addressed with effectiveness and efficiency, ensuring no adverse impact on our pupils, their families or our dedicated staff team.

As the sole academy within the MAT the Local Governing Body has worked closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure that the school provides an excellent education for all pupils, whilst retaining all strengths and unique characteristics. The spirit of the Academy is rooted in this collaboration and partnership between Trustees, Governors and the school staff, and we look forward to working closely with other settings that share our vision and ethos. It remains very important to us that we continue to develop our school, ensuring that our record of three successive Outstanding Ofsted inspection grades becomes four.

Executive Principal, Angela Holdsworth said ‘Our Teaching School status ensures we share and develop best practice with existing partner schools through the East Lancashire Inclusion Partnership. We have been developing this Alliance for the past five years and collaborate with, or support, over fifty schools across wider Lancashire. Our overarching aim is to continually improve the quality of teaching, learning and standards for all including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We place pupils at the centre of all that we do and recognise that working together on new and existing initiatives will bring about sustainable improvement.’

Currently, Tor View is the only local special school to have embraced Academy status it is fundamental to our vision that we remain Tor View Specialist Learning Community: An Academy proud to serve Rossendale as part of the Lancashire family of schools. We remain absolutely committed to supporting the young people of Rossendale who have SEND, whilst embracing the opportunity to support those from a wider geographical area when the opportunities arise.

The school has a history of taking responsibility for growth and development and our Local Governing Body consider the school’s conversion to Academy status to have been an exciting next step. We remain confident that, in partnership with parents, carers, staff, pupils and other stakeholders, Tor View will grow and flourish whilst continuing to provide an outstanding education for children and young people.