Consultation with Endeavour Learning Trust
9th October 2017
The school has arranged a parent and stakeholder consultation meeting for Thursday 19th October 2017, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the school. This will give you an opportunity to listen to a presentation from the governing body, Endeavour Learning Trust and Dr Graham Clarke, Headteacher. There will be an opportunity to add comments following the presentations.
Should you wish to make any comment, please email the school at email@example.com by 27th October 2017. Further information can be found on an attachment at the bottom of this page.
27th September, 2017
The Governing Body of the school voted, after a period of consultation to convert to an Academy, starting our own Multi-Academy Trust. Since the general election, the government hopes and expects that all schools will want to become academies if they are not already. The Regional School Commissioner (RSC) office has informed the governors they would only consider academy status as part of a MAT. Further, the MAT must have the capacity to expand and be in a distinct geographical area. The RSC and DfE recommend that we form a local MAT with another local school.
The governing body has reviewed the feedback provided by the DfE and RSC’s office, they have voted to consider joining the Endeavour Learning Trust. Established in 2011, the Endeavour Learning Trust includes Tarleton Academy. As this is a change from the original intention to convert as an empty MAT, the governors want a further short period of consultation which will open on Friday 29 September 2017 and run until Friday 27 October. In parallel with this consultation we will conducting informal due diligence with the Endeavour Learning Trust. Due diligence, researches the standard of service and provision of a multi-academy trust (MAT) prior to entering into a contract with it. It is essential that the due diligence process is carried out thoroughly so both the MAT and the joining school have a very clear picture of expectations prior to the school joining the MAT. Due diligence will focus on Standards, effectiveness and finances.
The governors and I are committed to maintaining the autonomy of our school, preserving our ethos and securing the best possible future for our school.
Dr G Clarke A Brocken
Headteacher Chair of Governors
Move to Academy Status
The governing body has voted by a majority decision (11 votes to 1) for Burscough Priory Science College to convert an empty Multi Academy Trust (MAT).
Moving to academy status is about securing outstanding provision for our students; improving standards; developing our learning community and creating a teaching and learning environment fit for the 21st Century. There is a significant focus on standards within the academy system and we will be held rigorously to account by the Regional Schools Commissioner. Further, academy status will secure our ethos and vision, providing a platform to develop the life chances for our young people. It will provide staff opportunities to work with other academies, develop best practice and vital professional development which is not currently available to them. Finally, we will have access to funding streams not available to maintained schools.
Converting to Academy status will not change the day-to-day feel of our school, there would be very little difference to that which is experienced currently. The structure of the leadership team here would also remain the same with the Headteacher making the day-to-day decisions and contributing to the strategic leadership with our Governing Body. Our strong working relationship with other schools would also not be affected.
The Governing Body has submitted the application form to the DfE. This will now be scrutinised by the local Headteacher board and reviewed by the Regional Schools Commissioner.
- Governing Body is granted an Academy Order from the DfE.
- Existing employer consults with staff and Union representatives.
- Transfer of land and buildings to the Multi Academy Trust.
- Burscough Priory Science College becomes an Academy forming our own MAT
We will keep you fully informed as we receive further information.
Chair of Governors
Over the past few years many schools have successfully converted to academy status. The Governing Body of Burscough Priory Science College has for some time been considering whether it is right for our school and more recently we have had a working party looking at the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
Recently, the Governing Body of the school voted to enter into a period of consultation with regard to converting to an Academy, starting our own Multi-Academy Trust. The governors and I believe that this action would bring a number of key benefits for Burscough Priory Science College and more importantly our children. Please find attached relevant documents that will inform the consultation process.