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Wednesday 23rd September 2019
I am pleased to inform you that at our Full Governing Body meeting governors voted unanimously to academise and join Ebor Academy Trust.
We feel being part of the Ebor family of schools will bring benefits to the school, accelerate our rate of improvement and importantly provide more opportunities for our pupils and staff.
A formal application to the Department for Education will be considered mid-February and I will be in contact again once that decision is known.
Thank you for your continued support of our school.
Chair of Governors
Questions and Answers regarding acadamies
What is an academy?
Academy schools are state-funded schools in England which are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control. They are still inspected by Ofsted and have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other state schools.
What are the advantages of joining a Multi-Academy Trust?
There are a number of benefits of joining a Multi-Academy Trust. These include:
- Closer collaboration between schools leading to more sharing of best practice, increased career development opportunities for staff and ultimately better outcomes for pupils
- Shared buying power means specialist expertise can be funded and extra curricular activities provided
- Economies of scale in purchasing to help ease school budgets
- Services such as finance, HR and IT centralised freeing member schools up to focus on teaching and learning
Tell me about Ebor Academy Trust?
Ebor is a teacher-led, not-for-profit organisation. In essence it’s a family of community and Church of England schools with a sense of responsibility for each other. Ebor comprises small village schools, large urban schools, schools in challenging circumstances and those which have the capacity to support others. More information can be found at www.ebor.academy
Would this be good move for my child, for All Saints’ Federation and its staff and for the wider community?
At a time of change in education, with reduced local authority budgets and consequently less support, teaming up with a like-minded organisation such as Ebor that is already well established, would give All Saints’ more opportunities for our children, particularly in the areas of curriculum and speciality teaching which should lead to enhanced pupil outcomes. You are aware that All Saints’ is already receiving school improvement support from Ebor.
Will staff terms and conditions remain the same?
Yes. Staff will be transferred across under TUPE arrangements with exactly the same terms and conditions of employment.
Will teaching standards change?
Joining a Multi Academy Trust and Ebor in particular would enhance the continued training and development of our staff, enabling us to achieve higher standards and widen curricular opportunities.
What does the Diocese think?
Both our schools will proudly remain as Church of England schools, should we academise, and the Diocese is supportive of change if it goes ahead. Eight of Ebor’s 22 schools are Church of England academies and each church school retains its unique Christian distinctiveness.
Will the schools continue to work with the local council and other schools?
We have a very good relationship with the local authority and other schools in the area and we intend to continue and develop these partnerships. Ebor also works well with clusters and other organisations, as do other schools in their trust.
Will we actually see any differences on a day-to-day basis?
Children will be in the same classes and taught by the same teachers. However, longer term benefits will be access to more teaching and learning resources and more support from specialist teachers in subjects such as modern foreign languages, science, PE, ICT, music and the creative arts.
Will the schools’ names and uniform change?
Our schools’ names will change from All Saints’ Church of England Junior School to All Saints’ Church of England Junior Academy; and from All Saints’ Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School to All Saints’ Church of England Infant Academy. The governing body has yet to consider if a new uniform will be introduced. If it is, it will be phased in so as not to incur any additional expense from parents/carers.
Will there be any changes to the admissions procedures?
No, there will be no changes to current admissions arrangements.
How is the MAT (Multi Academy Trust) structured?
Ebor Academy Trust is made up of community schools and Church schools, which means that certain governance structures need to be in place as part of the MAT so that all schools can be included; this is often referred to as a ‘mixed MAT’.
The standard company structure for MATs is to have Members who are similar to shareholders in a company. There is then a Board of Trustees. who are responsible for the strategic running of the Trust. The Members formally adopt the constitutional documents for the company which set out its core purpose – the provision of education – and they also have responsibility for appointing the majority of Trustees. The constitutional documents for a mixed MAT are based on template documents agreed nationally between the Department for Education and the Church of England.
The MAT Board of Trustees has overall responsibility and accountability in law for the performance, site and overall running of the Trust and the schools. A Local Governing Body sits beneath this and supports the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to implement strategic decisions in line with a Scheme of Delegation. In Church academies, Foundation Governors continue to fulfil their role in an academy in the same way as before and are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education. Neither the Members, Trustees or Local Governing Body representatives are paid positions.
Legal Protections of unique school character
Each of the schools, Ebor and the Church of England are fully committed to ensuring each school’s own unique ethos, vision and character is protected. The Department for Education funding agreements (which set out how funds are paid to the MAT) state that the MAT must maintain the non-religious character of a community school as well as allowing a Church school to flourish in its Christian vision. To do otherwise would breach the funding agreements and hence risk losing the MAT’s funding from the Secretary of State.
How do I find out more about academies?
A useful starting point is www.gov.uk/types-of-school/academies