Guiding hand wins praise

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A LAW firm has been praised for guiding three Morpeth schools through the academy conversion process.

King Edward VI High School, Chantry Middle School and Technology College and Newminster Middle School and Technology College became a not-for-profit company in December so they could have greater independence in setting future curriculums.

Now staff have praised the legal advice offered by Watson Burton’s team, led by senior partner Gillian Hall, which negotiated all the legal documentation, including transfers of assets, funding arrangements and property issues.

Business Director of the academy, called The Three Rivers Learning Trust, Mark Tait said: “We had already federated the three schools and streamlined the three governing bodies into one, which has helped us move forward quickly.

“But there were still a number of legal issues to go through and we were impressed with the support we received from Watson Burton.

“Gillian knew how to drive the process forward nationally and regionally and her knowledge of key contacts and other academies made a huge difference to the smooth, speedy completion of our new status.”