Seven Weston-super-Mare primary schools hope to join forces to create multi-academy trust
PUBLISHED: 09:02 19 February 2017
A group of seven primary schools in Weston are hoping to join together to form a multi-academy trust.
Locking, Mead Vale, Oldmixon, Bournville, Walliscote, Milton Park and Windwhistle primary schools hope to form a multi-academy trust (MAT) in September this year.
In March last year the Government set out its vision for all schools in England to become academies.
The Government later made a U-turn on the policy but North Somerset Council’s education grant will still be cut, meaning all schools in the district must become academies by September next year.
Individual academies are run by MATs – single bodies responsible for overseeing multiple schools and ensuring they are running effectively and efficiently.
The Government believes there are already too many MATs in North Somerset, but these seven primary schools say setting up a new MAT is in the best interest of all the schools involved.
In a shared letter to parents the schools’ headteachers said governors believe it is better to form a new MAT rather than join an existing one because it will bring together like-minded schools with the same core aims and values.
The letter adds: “Each school that enters the MAT will keep its own name and will retain much of its independence while benefitting from being part of the trust.
“There will also be opportunities to extend our work together across the MAT, which will benefit children, staff and communities.”
A full consultation is now underway and the letter says any decision on whether or not to create a MAT will be based around what is best for pupils, schools, staff and the rest of the community.