Dear Parent/Carer or Member of the Local Community,
The Governing Body’s priority is to enable the school to continue to provide an excellent education for our children while protecting the school’s role at the heart of our community and retaining its unique qualities and strengths. We recognise that the role of Local Authorities in supporting schools is diminishing and that it is Government policy to encourage effective schools to become Academies.
The Governing Body believes the best way of maintaining standards in the future is for our school to form a local primary school partnership of St Thomas, Bowhill, Alphington and Ide. The partnership would be a ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ (MAT) and each school would become an Academy. We anticipate that the partnership would be known as the Exeter Learning Trust but each school would keep its own name. Each school would retain much of its independence while benefiting from being part of the Trust. There would also be more opportunities for the children and staff to work together across the four schools.
The Governing Body has therefore agreed to consult on joining the Trust with a view to converting to Academy status from 1st September. This consultation is open to all, including school’s parents, pupils, staff, pre-school and the wider community. We want to hear your views and establish if there is any significant objection for the Governing Body to take into account when making its final decision.
The consultation period will end on Tuesday June 7th 2016.
We have prepared the attached document which includes answers to many ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. The Chair of Governors and Headteachers will be available to discuss any questions on Monday May 23rd, 7.15pm at Bowhill School Hall. A feedback form is included within the document for you to return. If you wish to provide feedback, please ensure this is sent to your School Office by Tuesday 7th June.