Ex-Home Secretary to chair school trust

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Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has been appointed new chairman of The David Ross Education Trust.

The trust, which sponsors Skegness Grammar School, King Edward VI Academy, Spilsby, Hogsthorpe Primary Academy and Eresby Special School, was established to achieve high academic standards and broaden the horizons of children and young people across the East Midlands, East of England and Yorkshire and Humberside.

Sponsor David Ross said: “When I understood that an individual of David Blunkett’s calibre was keen to work in the academy sector, engaging him was an opportunity I felt that could not be missed.

“David brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise that will significantly enhance our already strong board.

“He has devoted his working career to public service, has been a former Secretary of State for Education and, as an MP, represented an area that faces many of the challenges that our academies’ own communities face.

“We are very fortunate to have secured the involvement of such an inspirational andimportant figure.”

Mr Blunkett, who served in the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, said he was ‘pleased’ to be elected to the position.

He added: “Education has always played a vital part of my time in public office, and my involvement in the sector is something I wanted to focus on since standing down as an MP.

“In this role I have the opportunity to help shape policy and collaborative improvement and directly impact on the education of over 10,000 young people.”

Mr Ross will continue to focus on his role as sponsor of the academy chain.

He said: “I will continue to play a key role in my education trust as sponsor. David Blunkett’s appointment will strengthen our ability to become the leading academy chain in the country.”