Executive Head: Dame Naila Zaffar
Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD
Phone: 01274 221400
Email: info@rainbowschools.org.uk


Transfer to STAR Academies

Following an internal review, Rainbow Schools Trust has been considering options for the transfer of Rainbow Primary School to an appropriate Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). Being part of a MAT establishes a formal partnership which provides strategic direction, promotes collaboration among schools to drive school improvement and offers opportunities to operate more cost-efficiently as a result of shared resources.

As a result of ongoing discussions between Rainbow Primary School, the Rainbow Board of Trustees, and the Regional Schools Commissioner, Star Academies has been selected as the most appropriate MAT to lead the school and bring new capacity to maintain and develop the school’s education provision. Star Academies has been chosen thanks to its track record of sustaining and improving schools and our close alignment to its core values and ambitions and aspirations for young people.

The proposal is to transfer the school to Star on 1st July 2021.

Star is a mixed Multi-Academy Trust, running a diverse group of schools across the country. There are currently 29 schools within Star working together in five regions across the country known as Star Partnerships. Star is a high achieving Multi-Academy Trust. Star schools also enjoy some of the best performance results in the DfE school league tables and, year upon year, Star pupils secure the lowest absence rates in England. All Star schools share a commitment to a child-centred vision and focus on educational excellence, character development and service to local communities. Star also supports many more schools and aspiring leaders through school improvement and leadership training via the Star Institute. Rainbow Primary School will benefit from a national network of support, resources and opportunities, as we continue to improve educational standards for our pupils.

You can find out more about Star here http://www.staracademies.org


We are keen to engage with key stakeholders to ensure their views on the proposed transfer are taken into consideration.

The consultation period runs from 26 March to 30 April 2021.

We are encouraging parents, carers and other stakeholders to contribute to the consultation. We have prepared a consultation document and accompanying questionnaire, which invites your opinion on the Academy transfer.

We will provide regular information updates to parents, carers and other stakeholders through the website, as well as updating the FAQ document as the consultation progresses.

Beyond this formal consultation period, we will continue to work closely with parents, carers and the local community and welcome your on-going feedback.

Other Relevant Documentation

Parent/Carer Letter:

  • Please click here to view a letter from Star to parents of pupils at the school, containing information about the consultation period/process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Please click here to view a FAQ sheet about Star Academies and the Academy Transfer process.

Stakeholder Consultation Report:

  • Please click here to view the Stakeholder Consultation Report.


Rainbow Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil both inside and outside of the school premises.

Rainbow Primary School implements a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken. We expect all staff, Trust, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a safe environment.

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Safeguarding Leads

Contact Us

Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD

Phone: 01274 221400 Email: info@rainbowschools.org.uk

Our office staff taking calls are: Miss Thommis-Newberry, Mrs Sumera Qayyum and Mr Rauf
Arshad Javed – CEO | Dame Naila Zaffar – Executive Head | (BCL Consultancy Limited) Andrew Kenure – SEND
Asmi Darr – Chairperson  –  chairperson@rainbowschools.org.uk or
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