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. 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 consulted widely and explored all the pros and cons of joining the Trust.
Taking all the views and information into account the Governing Body voted in favour of becoming an academy
and forming a Multi Academy Trust with Alphington, Bowhill, Ide and St. Thomas being the founder schools.
In order to ensure a smooth transfer and to make sure that any new systems are in place the planned
conversion date is 1 s t October 2016 .
Justin Stone: St Thomas Primary School
Caren Brooks: Bowhill Primary School
Debbie Buckingham: Alphington Primary School
Sharon Tarr: Ide Primary School