Schools change structure

ADMISSIONS policies and staff employment will now be the responsibility of the governing bodies at two North Somerset schools.

ADMISSIONS policies and staff employment will now be the responsibility of the governing bodies at two North Somerset schools.

Worle Community School and Westhaven Community Special School both became trust schools this week.

At the end of the academic year in 2006 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.

Gaining trust status means the governing body will set its own admissions policy in conjunction with the local education authority. It will also employ all staff and own the land and buildings.


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The Weston & Somerset Mercury revealed last year how both schools were entering into a consultation period with North Somerset Council to discuss the benefits of becoming a trust school. Confirmation of the change was then revealed on Monday.

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