Dear Parents and Carers, or members of the local community
Consultation to form a multi-academy trust
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 that the best way of driving standards even further forward is for Newbridge High School to extend its role as a Single Academy (as we have been since August 2012) to form a local partnership with Castle Rock High School and Broom Leys Primary School in the first instance. The partnership would be a ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ (MAT) and each school would become equal members of the trust. The partnership would be known as the Apollo Partnership Trust but each school would keep its own name.
The governors are proud of Newbridge High School and its students and staff and are keen to see the school continue to develop and grow stronger. Working in partnership is essential to this process, forming a MAT is a formal partnership of schools, all with unique identities and features, working within a single Trust. Through a MAT we can collaborate with, learn from, and support other schools. Collaborative working in a MAT offers many benefits for students and staff; sharing best practice in teaching and learning, curriculum collaboration, extra-curricular opportunities, staff development, finance and human resources, legal services, school improvement structures and governance arrangements. We also believe that by working together we can make our budgets go further and help keep school funding focused on teaching and learning.
In forming a MAT the schools would retain their unique identities whilst sharing some governance arrangements and some support functions such as finance, HR and maintenance. Together we would set up the vision and values underpinning the MAT and the governance structure behind it. In the future there may be other schools that wish to join the MAT, however this will only take place where values are aligned and there is a clear benefit to the MAT as a whole, and our schools.
Ultimate responsibility for the schools in the MAT lies with the Trust Board of Governors which would combine the skills and experience necessary for success with each individual school continuing to have its own local governing board providing the day to day support and challenge for the leadership of the schools.
It is important to emphasise that formation and development of a MAT would be underpinned by our total commitment to maintain and enhance the outstanding work at Newbridge High School and the other schools within the MAT. Our ethos and our standards remain unchanged but our vision is to work with other schools to form a MAT that is rooted in our local community and offers the provisions to enhance the educational opportunities for students and staff.
We have prepared the attached document which includes answers to many frequently asked questions. A feedback form is included within the document for you to return. If you wish to provide comments on the proposal, please ensure this is sent to the school office by Friday 28th April 2017.
Mr Roger Cairns
Chair of Governors