The Governors and leaders of Thomas Jolyffe Primary School have been considering how the school should adapt to the fast-changing landscape for school governance, both nationally and in the region. We have considered many options, and believe that it is in the best interests of the school to form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) to enable us to shape the next phase of our development.
We are now considering an opportunity to cooperate with other local schools, Bridgetown Primary, Bishopton Primary and Stratford-upon-Avon School, in setting up a new, local, bespoke MAT. We do not believe that we can stand alone; we do believe that there will be many benefits in working with other schools, particularly if they are schools that we have chosen. This is to raise awareness and inform you about the proposals and is the beginning of the consultation process to gather views from across our school community. We want to start a dialogue with partners and understand their various views and perspectives.
The Department for Education (DfE) expects schools to support each other to develop and improve, rather than relying on the Local Authority to provide that role. As a group of schools we are looking to create our own Stratford upon Avon-based Multi Academy Trust that reflects our values, meets the specific needs of our wider community and preserves each school’s distinctive ethos and identity rather than join an existing trust or large national sponsored chain.
The Governors feel that the opportunity to become an equal partner in a locally based MAT has many benefits for our children. We believe this provides an excellent opportunity to improve the quality of learning and teaching and wider provision for the young people in our care, develop staff and strengthen our respective schools. As part of the same organisation, we would be committed to ensuring sustainable school improvement in every school and high quality educational provision for local families. By working closely together we will be stronger and find the right approach to raise and sustain standards in different settings. We believe that our sum will always be greater than our individual parts.
What are the benefits in becoming a MAT?
To enable governors and school leaders to come together and take responsibility to provide better education in their community, rather than just in their individual schools, supported by a common ethos
Mutual support and challenge
Sharing excellent practice in teaching and learning
Greater opportunities for pupils to learn new skills and experience new activities
A richer curriculum through partnership working and shared resources
Enhanced professional development of teaching and support staff
Attracting and retaining the best staff
Financial and resource efficiencies through joint commissioning of services
Who will be consulted?
Parents, pupils, staff and members of the community who are involved in the schools and who wish to contribute to improving the quality of education for our children
Those who will be involved in planning and creating the MAT
Further details in the form of Frequently Asked Questions are available on our website. There will be a consultation meeting for parents at school on Monday 29th January at 6pm. There are also informal drop in sessions on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 15th February at 3.30. There will be a further consultation meeting on Thursday 1st March at 6pm held at Stratford upon Avon School. Please email any comments or responses to the consultation to firstname.lastname@example.org. All responses will be considered and, though it will not be possible to respond individually to all emails, further updates will be added to the school website in due course. The consultation period runs until Friday 9th March.
Sue Molloy Helen Dunnico
Chair of Governors Headteacher