A WYRE Forest village school has been given the thumbs up to become part of a multi-academy trust, which already serves five primaries and two high schools across the district.

Far Forest Lea Memorial CE Primary School, is currently an associate member of the Severn Academies Educational Trust (SAET), and will become a full member in September.

Chair of governors, Stacey Carter, said: “We are delighted the application has been accepted as this will enable our wonderful school to go from strength to strength, with support from the trust and through collaboration with other member schools.”

Chris King, trust chief executive, described the village school as “a most welcomed addition to our family of schools” which includes a mix of rural, urban and three other church schools.

He added: “Our trust has a vision built around the principles of personal growth, community and excellence for our children and our staff.

“Partnership and collaboration are very important to us as can be seen by the fact we already have an executive headteacher, Shelley Reeves-Walters, steering both Far Forest and Wolverley Sebright Academy.”

Mrs Reeves-Walters said: “These are exciting times and, as part of SAET, our children benefit from the broadest and most enriching experience, enabling them to thrive and become successful lifelong learners. Parents are very welcome to book a visit and come and see for themselves.”