18th May 2017
CONSULTATION ON CONVERSION TO ACADEMY STATUS WITH OXFORD DIOCESAN SCHOOLS TRUST
You will be aware of the Government’s policy of developing the academy
programme. As an Ofsted ‘good’ school we have the freedom to choose if and when to convert to an academy on our own terms. The governors have kept this under review over the last few years in order to be sure of making an informed choice. During this time we have held meetings with academy trusts and spoken and met with headteachers and governors of other schools. We now wish to inform you that we have made the decision, and passed a resolution, to explore conversion to academy status within the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST), an organisation set up by the Diocese of Oxford.
ODST is a charitable company set up in 2012 dedicated to providing excellence in education with a focus on the primary sector. It allows schools to develop and share best practice and work in support of one another whilst benefiting from central support services. There are currently twenty-three primary
phase schools working with ODST which already includes some Infant Schools. ODST is planning to expand this to around 30 schools over the next year.
As part of the decision-making process, we are carrying out a consultation process with parents, staff and local stakeholders. The period of consultation will start on 19th May 2017 and run until 23rd June 2017. If the school becomes an academy it will remain a Church of England school, ensuring that the ethos and values of our school, which are of paramount importance, are protected. Please see the Consultation Document below.
Governors believe that this proposed change will enable us to provide some additional choices as to how the school develops, will help us to meet the ongoing changes in the educational system, continue to improve the opportunities we provide for your children and will support the school in its future development.
In practical terms academy status would change some things behind the scenes. We feel these changes would enhance the running of the school but otherwise parents, children and the wider community will see very little difference if we make this change. In particular, there would be no impact on the curriculum or admissions policy.
We would continue to work closely with the Diocese, the Local Authority, Fir
Junior School, other schools in our partnership and primary schools who have
converted to an academy with ODST. There would be no change to the name of the school, the school uniform or term dates. However, we would have a little more freedom to decide how our funding should be spent and a greater level of stability and support than we currently receive in meeting the ongoing challenge of an ever changing education system.
We will be holding a meeting for parents, carers and stakeholders at 7.00pm on
Thursday 15th June in the school hall. Representatives from ODST will be present alongside members of the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team, to answer your questions and listen to your comments.
The Governors and school team believe that conversion with ODST will offer many benefits and opportunities and ensure the values of our school and our Christian ethos are protected.
Refreshments will be provided so we would be grateful for an indication of likely numbers. If you are not a parent/carer of a child at the school please use the contact form below to let us know if you wish to attend the meeting, giving the names of attendees and details of any questions you would like answering at the meeting. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting, both formally and informally. If you are a parent/carer then please use the response slip that was sent to you by the school.
If you are unable to attend but wish to comment on the proposal please also feel free to submit you comments below.
Chair of Governors
If you wish to attend the consultation evening please give the names of those who will be coming, and details of any questions you would like to be addressed. Please also use this form if you wish to make a formal response to the consultation document.