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EduAction secures school support services contract extension with Waltham Forest Council

Press Release   •   Oct 03, 2005 00:00 BST

EduAction, a joint venture formed by Amey plc and Nord Anglia Education PLC, has today been awarded a contract extension with London borough of Waltham Forest Council, in a continued drive to improve educational standards in the area.

EduAction was awarded the £200 million Waltham Forest Council contract in September 2001 with a mandate to provide a comprehensive range of services to schools within the Borough and deliver major improvements in educational standards over a period of five years.  Waltham Forest Council today agreed to extend the current contract with EduAction until 31 March 2008. The contract extension aims to further support continuing educational attainment, as well as helping the Council to respond effectively to the Children Act.  EduAction will continue to have responsibility for developing strategies and delivering services covering school improvement, management support, social inclusion and special educational needs. 

Cabinet Member for Lifelong Learning, Cllr Chris Robbins, said: "In two years Waltham Forest has moved from being an education authority judged by OfSTED as "unsatisfactory" to one that in early 2005 was found to be highly satisfactory.  EduAction has played a vital role in this rapid and sustainable improvement."

Ron Gray, EduAction Managing Director said: "We are delighted at the Council's decision to extend the contract with EduAction. Working in partnership with the Council and schools has meant that the children and young people of the Borough are creating real improvements that make Waltham Forest a place where we can all be confident that there are increasingly good opportunities for everyone."

Mel Ewell, Amey’s Chief Executive, commented:  “Amey and Nord Anglia Education, our joint venture partner, have worked hard in this unique partnership with Waltham Forest Council to successfully deliver improved educational attainment for schools in the area.  Through this contract extension we are committed to enhancing even further the standard of education for the young people and teachers of the borough.”

“I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to renew the EduAction contract," added Andrew Fitzmaurice, the Chief Executive Officer of Nord Anglia Education. "It's a reflection of the success and strength of our strategic partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest and recognition of the excellent efforts of the EduAction management team and staff. We are very much looking forward to continuing to work together to deliver high quality services and improved educational standards for the pupils, parents and schools of Waltham Forest."