Seven North Somerset schools in talks to form multi-academy trust

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 January 2017

Churchill Academy has been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted

Churchill Academy has been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted

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Seven North Somerset schools could be set to join forces in a partnership to ‘provide strong, resilient structures to raise and maintain standards’.

Secondary school Churchill Academy and Blagdon, Burrington, Churchill, Sandford, Winscombe, and Wrington primary schools have sent letters to parents announcing their intention to form a multi-academy trust (MAT) after year-long discussions.

A MAT is a collaborative initiative where schools work together under one umbrella to channel accountability, leadership and funding into a single structure.

The schools told parents it is the ‘best long-term formal arrangement’ to collaborate and support each other while ‘maintaining individual ethos and identity’.

The schools believe a MAT would reap a range of educational and financial benefits and will conduct a ‘full evaluation’ on the options available during the remainder of the school term.

The letter read: “As successful schools, all rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, we are determined to provide the best possible educational experiences for children across the local area.

“As a group, we are in agreement that the best way to provide this is by joining together to work as part of a multi-academy trust.

“Within our group of schools we have a long-established culture of collaboration and mutual support and see joining a multi-academy trust as a natural extension of this collaborative work.

“We also believe that by working together we can make our money go further and keep school funding focussed on teaching and learning.

“As a group of schools we are committed to working together, and deciding together what the best partnership would be for our schools, our communities and our children.”

The Mercury approached the Department for Education to comment on the proposals but did not receive a reply at the time of going to press.

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