As you may be aware, it is government policy to encourage all eligible schools to become academies. In the last few months our Local Authority has also made it clear that it expects all Staffordshire schools to consider the pros and cons of such a move.
Becoming an academy means removing the school from the control of the Local Authority. We have been advised by the Local Authority that the services they will be able to provide in the future will be considerably reduced in comparison to current provision, as a result of substantial funding cuts.
After considering all the factors involved St Wulstan’s Catholic Primary School’s Governing Body has decided “that the governors agree that, in principle, an application be made to convert to academy status as part of a multi academy trust, subject to the outcome of the required consultation”.
The governors have explored at length the implications of becoming an academy through discussions with the directors of the Christ the King Multi Academy Company and with representatives from the Diocese of Birmingham.
At St Wulstan’s Catholic Primary School, our aim is to provide excellent education for the children of local families in collaboration with other local schools, and we believe that the move to academy status will help us to protect this.
We have already discussed the change in detail with other local schools. As a result of these discussions the Governing Body of St Wulstan’s Catholic Primary School is committed to applying to convert to academy status as part of Christ the King Catholic Collegiate.
The educational objectives of this partnership are as follows:
- The Quality of Teaching & Learning: To work in partnership, to further enhance education from age 3-11 and to provide an enjoyable, engaging and enriching learning experience for all students.
- The Achievement of Students: To work in partnership, to ensure all students develop into resourceful and responsible young people, equipped with the skills required to make the next step to secondary education.
- The Effectiveness of Leadership & Management: To work in partnership, in order to share the expertise and resources needed to underpin the provision of excellent education
- To Preservation of our Catholic Ethos; To continue to grow and learn as children of God
The governors are aware of the removal of support for local authority schools from September 2016/17 alongside the rising costs of procurement. Academy status provides schools with a greater flexibility to ensure more effective procurement.
The Governing body of an academy changes to become local academy committee members. The local academy members would have similar responsibilities as the current governing body, except that the overarching responsibility for strategic direction and school performance would come from the Multi Academy Board of Directors.
The school will still maintain its own leadership structure and maintain the ethos and values which make the school distinctive.
For more details regarding the Multi Academy Company, please click here