School investigations

ADMISSIONS policies and staff employment could soon be the responsibility of the governing bodies at two schools. Worle Community School and Westhaven Community Special School in Uphill have both expressed an interest in becoming trust schools. At the end

ADMISSIONS policies and staff employment could soon be the responsibility of the governing bodies at two schools.Worle Community School and Westhaven Community Special School in Uphill have both expressed an interest in becoming trust schools.At the end of the last academic year the Department for Education and Skills invited schools to write in if they wanted to explore the possibility of changing their status from a community school.If either school gains trust status the governing body would then set its own admissions policy in conjunction with the local education authority. It will also employ all staff and own the land and buildings.Worle and Westhaven are now eligible for the Government's Pathfinder Programme, which will provide them with £15,000 to meet any costs connected with exploring the possibility of gaining trust status. Participating in the programme does not mean the schools are committed to making the changes.Both schools will now enter into a consultation period with North Somerset Council to discuss the benefits of becoming a trust school.


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