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Consultation - 15th September 2020 - Academy Status with Shaw Education Trust

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

CONVERSION TO ACADEMY STATUS IN SHAW EDUCATION TRUST

 

We wrote back in May 2019 to tell you about the governors’ decision to explore conversion to academy status within the Shaw Education Trust. We are inviting you to a meeting to hear more and to ask questions. The meeting is Tuesday 15th September 2020 at 2.30pm or 5pm. You will need to book to attend the meeting through the school office due to social distancing measures.

Governors would be grateful for your views on whether Waterside Primary School should become an academy. Governors believe that this change will enable us to continue to improve the opportunities we provide for your children and support the school in its future development whilst maintaining outstanding and national leading school.

If the school becomes an academy it will remain a community school and that character will be protected within the funding agreement for our school between SET and the Secretary of State. We see this as the next step in our school’s development, not a radical change to our children’s education.

 Academy status will change some things behind the scenes but otherwise you and your children will see very little or no difference when we make this change. We will continue to work closely with other local primary and secondary schools.

The name of the school will not change, the uniform will not change, and we will not change term dates or the school’s admissions policy. We will continue to provide religious education and assemblies that meet the requirements placed on community schools.

We hope that you will continue to give the Governors and the staff your support in driving our school forward.

 

 

 

We have placed on the school’s website:

· A copy of the letter of 23 January and of this letter;

· Some more information about Academy status and about Shaw Education Trust;

· A summary of the meeting held on 15th September will be uploaded with a record of questions and answers from the meeting; and

· Some answers to questions asked by parents.

 If you have any other questions please write to or email the school and we will add those questions and the answers to the website. Otherwise, if you have any comments you would like to make about the school becoming an Academy within SET please send them to Dean Richardson, Chair of Governors, via the governor email clerk@watersideprimary.org.uk .

It would be very helpful to have any comments that parents have by 30th September so we can share them with SET, the local authority and the DfE who are keen to have comments as they consider our application for an academy order.

Governors will consider all comments received when deciding whether our school should have a funding agreement with the Secretary of State to become an academy.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mrs Joanne Knowles

Executive Headteacher

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