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New CEO of Coast and Vale Learning Trust

Colin Sinclair joins Coast and Vale Learning Trust following a successful period where he led Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). During Colin’s leadership of SAST, he and his newly created Senior Executive Team introduced a new school improvement framework which resulted in ten successful Ofsted inspections. This also resulted in the development of a Church School Flourishing Programme in partnership with two Diocesan Education Boards and the agreement of a significant expansion programme which will welcome an additional 3 large secondary schools and several primary schools to join the 18 schools already being supported by the Trust.

Prior to leading SAST, Colin served as Secondary Executive Director for Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which has 58 schools nationwide. Previous posts include Director of Education, and Regional Director for several national multi-academy trusts.

Colin believes passionately that education should empower curiosity and personal growth whilst inspiring a life-long love of learning in everyone, regardless of their social and cultural background. He brings together a strategic vision with a focus on increasing school improvement capacity within the Trust, alongside great energy and ambition to propel Coast and Vale into the next stage of its development.

Brian Crosby, departing CEO welcomed Colin to the Trust: “It has been a privilege over the last 3 years to lay a solid foundation for Coast and Vale Learning Trust, and I am excited to see where Colin and our talented team will now develop the Trust. I wish him all the best in this exciting endeavour.”

On his appointment, Colin said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the next CEO of Coast and Vale Learning Trust. The Trust’s commitment and desire to place collaboration at the heart of continuous school improvement, through providing a rich educational experience that enables each child to achieve their ambition is one which I very much share. I look forward to working with everyone at Coast and Vale to build upon the tremendous legacy that Brian Crosby and the team of committed staff have created. I’m also looking forward to relocating to beautiful North Yorkshire with my wife in the coming months.”

Colin starts work in August 2023 and will engage in a handover with Brian Crosby, out-going CEO. Coast and Vale Learning Trust comprises of six schools including Scalby School, Filey School, Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering, Scarborough UTC, Friarage Community Primary School and Newby and Scalby Primary School.

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Colin Sinclair, new chief executive at Coast and Vale Learning Trust

Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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