Proposed Trust Merger

Bright Futures Educational Trust is delighted to announce that a proposal to merge with The Dunham Trust has been approved by the Regional School Commissioner Head Teacher Board.

The Dunham Trust was formed in 2013 and comprises five schools in Trafford.  The significant benefits of merging with a larger MAT mean that the proposal is the right “next step” for the continued growth, development and success of both Trusts.

Both parties share similar educational visions and already have closely aligned values focused on community, integrity and passion.

Our shared commitments to collaboration and strong relationships, robust governance, professional learning, value for money, being open, supportive, challenging and fair will all stand us in good stead going forward together. We will add to these a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Dunham Trust will complement the existing strengths of Bright Futures. Bringing in the expertise of four additional primaries and one special school will significantly broaden the capacity and expertise of the trust in terms of school improvement.

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The Trustees and the Executive Team are excited by the prospect of The Dunham Trust joining Bright Futures. We are confident that this is the right way forward for our schools and for our staff, children and young people. Being a larger trust will provide many benefits.

John Stephens, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust said.

‘This is part of a well-planned journey of growth for our trust. Through a great collective effort that focused on the children, families and communities that we serve, we have secured strong foundations. In doing so we have won the confidence of our friends and colleagues in the wider education sector. This was recently recognised when the government decided to remove the ‘Financial Notice to Improve’ that was served on us in spring 2016, acknowledging the great progress made in the governance and financial control of the trust.

 It is the right time, therefore, for us to join with The Dunham Trust, making the most of our complementary strengths to continue our shared pursuit of excellence.’