Growing academy trust sponsors Staffordshire school

Respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, is pleased to announce that it is extending its support to another Staffordshire school.

The Department for Education has appointed ATLP as the sponsor of Tamworth’s Two Gates Primary School and together they aim to raise standards and make further improvements at the school.

The ATLP, which comprises nine academies and one teaching school – led by Sutton Coldfield’s outstanding Arthur Terry School – will provide a package of support for the school and work closely with leaders to improve the quality of education and boost performance.

Richard Gill, CEO of the ATLP, said:

We are delighted to have been appointed the sponsor of Two Gates and look forward to working with the school, as it moves forward, with a strategic focus on leadership, teaching and learning, along with pupil progress.  

As a partnership, the ATLP has successfully worked with a number of schools over the past decade to achieve greater attainment. Our highly effective model of school-to-school support, draws on our team’s expertise and our national teaching school’s wide alliance of specialist leaders.  We are all very excited about this partnership and the positive impact that this will have across the whole school community.”

The ATLP’s learning family already includes two Staffordshire primary schools, Lichfield’s Scotch Orchard and Tamworth’s William MacGregor. Two Gates will work closely with both schools and the wider partnership of six primaries and three secondaries.

Two Gates’ school improvement journey is off to a positive start. It is in the process of converting to academy status and the school has been working closely with ATLP for several months. Support and collaboration is already taking place across teaching and learning and through ATLP’s central support team.

Headteacher Nêst Llewelyn-Cook has thanked her learning community for their continued support. She added that staff, pupils, families, governors and the whole learning community has welcomed the news.

She said:

We are so pleased and proud to be working with the ATLP and its partner schools. The ethos and values of ATLP are perfectly aligned with those of our school in that ‘every child has a right to be a powerful learner’, with an emphasis on the well-being and limitless ambition and success for our children.

This is an exciting new chapter for Two Gates. Our children love learning and this partnership will provide pupils with opportunities that will enrich their educational experiences and transform their futures.”


Media information: Anna Newson, Head of PR & Communications, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP). Tel: (0121) 323 1154 or 07557 560274, email

Notes to Editor


The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership runs one teaching school and nine schools in Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire, including six primary schools and three secondary schools.

ATLP is also school improvement partner to another secondary school and the sponsor of another primary school. In addition, in 2018 the partnership was invited by the Department for Education to join the national Multi-Academy Trust Development Programme as a capacity giver to the newly formed  Endeavour Academies Trust in Middlesbrough, in what CEO Richard Gill describes as “joint practice development.”