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Academy Conversion

 

CONSULTATION ON CONVERSION TO ACADEMY STATUS

Over the past few months, the leadership and Governors of St Michael’s have been considering the possibility of the school becoming an Academy. An important part of the process involves a consultation with all stakeholders, and we are going to be holding this consultation between Friday 15th September 2017 and Friday 13th October 2017.

 

AS PART OF THE CONSULTATION PERIOD THERE WILL BE A FURTHER Q&A SESSION HELD ON TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER AT 6.00PM IN THE SCHOOL HALL.

Additional Questions and Answers Raised

 

Who makes the decision on the appointment of governors? Can the trust get rid of existing school Governors? What procedures are involved?

  • Decisions regarding the appointment of Governors would remain unchanged. The mix of Parent, Foundation, LA & Staff Governors would be the same, and through a scheme of delegation the powers and accountability of the Governing Body would be very similar. In exceptional circumstances (eg: the school being judged as inadequate) ODST could remove the Governing Body and replace it. However, this would also be a possibility for an LA maintained school.

 

What power does the trust have to make decisions about the running of the school? If for example the trust decided everyone had to use yellow pencils and you fundamentally disagreed with the use of yellow pencils, can the school object/refuse?

  • As an academy, the school would have more flexibility regarding the curriculum delivered, but would have to ensure that it remained broad and balanced. We see the breadth of curriculum as a strength, and do not intend to change this. ODST have been very clear that they wish every school to maintain it's own unique character, and Governors feel that this is very important. A practical example ODST have cited is that they would never ask uniforms to be changed. They will work with each school - taking the school's self-evaluation into account - but will treat each school individually.

 

If in say a year the school decides it doesn't want to be part of the trust can you just leave? Or once we're in are we in?

  • If the school opts to become an academy, it will not be able to revert back to LA control later on. However, if the relationship with ODST did not work, the school would be able to leave ODST and join another trust. The due diligence carried out by Governors has been done on the basis that the school is looking for the best long-term option for the school.

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