Uphill Primary School could form academy trust

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 September 2017

Pupils at Uphill Primary School.

Pupils at Uphill Primary School.

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Governors from Uphill Primary School are considering whether to form a multi academy trust (MAT) with other schools in North Somerset.

Leaders at the school, in Old Church Road, have agreed a resolution to ‘explore forming a Learning Without Limits MAT’ with other partner primary schools in North Somerset and Somerset.

In March 2016, the Government announced it wanted all schools to convert to academies.

It later reversed the policy but North Somerset Council’s education grant was cut in April this year, which means all schools must become academies by September 2018.

Individual academies are run by MATs – which are responsible for overseeing multiple schools and ensuring they are running effectively and efficiently.

In a letter published in Uphill Village Society’s magazine, chair of governors Wayne Sugg and headteacher Andrea Curran, said: “Following several meetings and an options appraisal, the opportunity to establish the Learning Without Limits MAT matched most closely with the ethos that governors desired for our school – a MAT focused on teaching and learning and promoting strong values, a MAT that encourages creativity in the curriculum, while focusing on the highest expectations and outcomes for our pupils.”

The Learning Without Limits MAT has seven committed schools with others interested in joining. All the schools have been working as part of the same Learning Without Limits network for the past two years.

Wayne Sugg and Andea Curran added: “By joining and shaping the MAT from the very start, we can strengthen the educational philosphy shared by each school and ensure our values are a golden thread throughout all planning and development.

“Please do not worry that this will mean our school will change dramatically.

“The governance of the school will be the most significant change, but on a day-to-day basis, things will remain largely the same – same uniform, same staff, same school routines.

“The schools in the MAT will explore opportunities to work closely together.

“They will also be able to
explore purchasing services for
the benefit of all partner schools and making financial efficiencies and savings.”

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