The Governors of Middle Barton School have been fact finding about Academy Schools for the past year. This has involved looking at the pros and cons of what it would mean for our school. Academy Sub-committee consists of three members of the governing body and the headteacher.
As part of the fact finding we wish to hear the views of parents, carers and the wider community. During the month of June we held an initial consultation with you. This was a chance to request information, to ask questions and most importantly, it was an opportunity for governors' to hear your views and to take these into account in our discussions and deliberations.
The governors decided to think about this option following the Government's announcement that it is their intention for all schools to convert to academies and because of our own experience of a reduction of the services available from the Local Authority to our school.
The information below sets out the steps the Governor's Sub-committee have taken so far and the information they have gathered.
We hope you find this information useful to help your thinking too.
Comments, questions and view can be sent through the email link:
The Academy Sub-committee consists of three members of the governing body and the headteacher
Academy Sub-committee Principles
The Academy Sub-committee documented the following principles to explore whilst undertaking their fact finding about Academy schools:
We want to be able to plan the school’s future to be a place of excellence in teaching and learning.
We want the school to focus on teaching without distraction.
We want the parents to have confidence in the standards of education provided.
We want parents to share the values of the school.
We want the highest of standards to be achieved for the children so that all pupils are ensured an education tailored to their needs and abilities and an education that brings out their best qualities.
We want the school to retain its character and uniqueness within our community.
We want the school to continue to grow and develop so that it is able to respond to changing demands and the needs of the community.
We want the school staff to be supported and developed so that their aspirations can be fulfilled.
We want all staff to have to access good quality CPD.
We want to be able to recruit and retain staff so that we can maintain and further develop standards.
We want the headteacher to have opportunities to receive support and guidance from a range of services.
We want the school staff to have opportunities to work with other colleagues across a range of schools to formulate policies and practice.
We want governors to be supported and developed.
And ultimately, how are we best going to achieve a positive future for our school?
Academy Sub-committee Activity
Below is a timeline of activities undertaken by the Academy Sub-committee or its members.
Research and Opinion
The Academy Subcommittee has gathered further information, obtained opinion and received views from many different sources including:
a) NGA website, and other publications. https://www.nga.org./
b) The Government’s 10 facts about academies. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/10-facts-you-need-to-know-about-academies
c) The National Union of Teachers’ rebuttal of the Government’s 10 facts. https://www.teachers.org.uk/sites/default/files2014/nut-rebuttal-10-facts-you-need-to-know-about-academies.doc
d) Report to Governors 25/05/17 - The Campaign for State Education.
e) Guidance Paper: The Association of School and College Leaders: “Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny”. https://www.ascl.org.uk/help-and-advice/guidance-papers/ascl-guidance-staying-in-control-of-your-schools-destiny-joining-a-multiacademy-trust.html
f) John Christie- Chair of Governors at Orchard Fields Primary school. Governors decision not to convert.
g) Hook Norton Primary school in Oxfordshire. Governors decision not to convert.
h) Sam Derby- Chair of Governors at St. Francis School decision to convert.
i) Julie Mc Culloch- Association of School and College Leaders and Trustee of RLT.
j) Tracey Smith- Headteacher of Tower Hill school- recently joined RLT.
k) Kath Donovan- retired Chair of Cutteslowe Primary School- joined RLT.
l) Neil Wallis- Parent of St. Mary’s School- Local Councillors responses to questions about academisation from a parent.
All of the above documents that have been considered by the sub-committee are available on request.
Community and Other Stake Holders
The Academy Subcommittee has also engaged with the community and other stakeholders including:
a) Existing Parents
b) Future Parents
d) Wider community through bulletin and shop advertisements
A Parent/Community Consultation began for a month from Monday 5 June. Further Parental consultations will conclude at 9am on Friday 6th October.