Starbank School has converted to an academy and joined Star Academies following six months of close working between governors, parents and senior leaders at the school.

Joining Star Academies heralds a new chapter in the school’s history, which will see the school benefit from a collaboration with one of the country’s leading Multi-Academy Trusts (MAT).

Gaetano Ferrante, Headteacher at Starbank School, said:

“We have been working closely with Star Academies and our school’s stakeholders over the last six months to formulate plans for Starbank School’s long-term success.

“We are very excited to join Star Academies and we have already begun to reap the considerable benefits from having ready access to the expertise, approaches and support that have enabled Star to deliver outstanding results elsewhere in the country. I am confident that our continued collaboration will help to improve outcomes for our pupils and that, to me, is the most important goal.”

The leaders of the school’s three primary sites, Nadim Riaz, Navdeep Malhi and Hajra Rifat, are looking forward to the school’s bright future with Star Academies: “We are delighted for our primary school community. Joining the Star family will continue to provide stability and further strengthen our foundations for long-term success. We look forward to the journey as it brings new learning, new opportunities, and the very best education for all our pupils.”

Star Academies has a long track-record of running top performing schools that secure the very best outcomes for pupils. For the past two years, Star Academies has been ranked the top-performing trust in the country based on the progress made by pupils who attend its schools. Star is also proud to run the top three performing secondary schools in the country for progress, which include Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham and Eden Girls’ School, Coventry.

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said:

“Throughout the conversion process we have worked to establish a positive relationship with all the key stakeholders at the school and have taken into account the views of pupils, parents, staff and governors.

“The Star team brings a wealth of expertise to Starbank School. Our approach is a collaborative one and we are very much looking forward to continuing to work with the entire school community to create opportunities for improved outcomes for all  pupils.

“This conversion signifies a fresh start for the school. We are committed to ensuring that pupils will receive the very best in terms of educational opportunities and that staff feel able to carry out their duties in a safe and supportive environment.

“I genuinely believe that Starbank School will continue to make progress and we are delighted to be alongside them on that journey.”

The conversion of Starbank School strengthens Star’s presence in Birmingham, where the Trust already runs two primary and four secondary schools. The high achieving multi-academy trust is responsible for 29 schools nationwide. The high educational standards of Star Academies’ schools has been recognised by Ofsted with a total of fourteen schools judged to be ‘outstanding’.

Central to the trust’s values is its commitment to service and helping vulnerable members of its local community. Star Academies’ schools regularly take part in charitable activities and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the trust launched its own coronavirus charitable appeal. The Star Coronavirus Appeal has supported thousands of struggling families across the country by delivering emergency food and hygiene parcels, hot meals and messages of comfort to those who were feeling isolated.

Find out more about Star Academies here.