30 May 2024

Magna Learning Partnership CEO to retire

Sarah Busby, the Chief Executive Office of the Magna Learning Partnership (MLP), is to retire from her role at the end of this academic year.

Sarah joined St Edmund’s in 2011 as Headteacher and during her time results rose steadily and the number of children at the school increased too.

Sarah was part of the small team who put together the proposals for a Free School bid.

That led to the opening of Salisbury 6th Form College in 2014. Sarah was instrumental in writing the education bid, and the college is now thriving and achieving very good results with its students. That led to the opening of Salisbury 6th Form College in 2014.

During the summer of 2015, three secondary schools in the Salisbury area came together to form MLP and Sarah was appointed executive head at the multi-academy trust.

As the Trust began to take shape and grow, Sarah was promoted to the role of CEO in September 2019.

Magna Learning Partnership is now a group of six primary schools, three secondary schools, and a sixth-form college.

The Trust numbers more than 4,700 children and young people and employs over 670 staff, making it one of the largest employers in the area.

Sarah Busby commented: “I am proud to have been the founding CEO of Magna Learning Partnership.

It has been a real pleasure and privilege to work with so many talented staff, trustees and governors across the Trust in order to make a difference to the lives of the children and young people we serve. I look forward to hearing of the continuing success of MLP in the coming years.”

Neil Owen, Chair of Magna Learning Partnership, comments that: “Sarah was the catalyst behind the formation of MLP. Her commitment to raising standards of education for all children and young people in the Salisbury area, coupled with her collaborative style of management, has brought eleven schools together into a thriving and successful partnership. One of these was Salisbury Sixth Form College (S6C) which Sarah helped to establish via the free school process in 2014.

The successful amalgamation of Wyvern College and St Edmund’s Girls’ School, as well as the development of new nursery provision and strong partnership working with other local trusts, have been possible through her leadership.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah for her outstanding accomplishments and for building a legacy that will benefit thousands of families for many years to come.”

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns