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MAT consultation update
As a Governing Body (GB) our priority is to ensure that Evendons Primary School is able to withstand the many challenges that may come our way so that the school is able to continue to provide an excellent education for not only our current children but those children who join the school in the years to come thereby protecting the school’s role at the heart of our community and retaining its unique qualities and strengths.
Some of you may know that Evendons Primary School was established under the Government’s Free Schools Programme by a group of local parents known as the Founders. As a group they were responsible for opening the school in September 2014. Their initial bid to the Department for Education (DfE) was in conjunction with the established Multi Academy Trust (MAT), CfBT Education Trust. Just before National Offers Day the Secretary of State for Education raised concerns regarding CfBT Education Trust managing too many schools, and wanted them to focus on the ones they already had open. As a result, the Founders were given the option of deferring opening to September 2015 and finding another suitable MAT to open with, or setting up their own Single Academy Trust (SAT). Three of the Founders (Helen Thorndyke, Hilary Grealis and Martin Hannaford) agreed to set up the Trust and take on the roles of Members of the Academy Trust in order to ensure that the school opened as planned.
The intention of the Founder Group and Members was to open in September 2014, and move to a MAT at a later date.
Since then you are no doubt aware, there has been a very strong focus on the academy programme, from the DfE and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA formerly the Education Funding Agency (EFA)), who continue to actively encourage schools to look at the options of multi academy trusts to ensure sustainability and take advantage of the benefits of collaborative working in a formal way.
As Governors of Evendons Primary School Trust, we would not be fulfilling our responsibilities if we did not take this matter seriously and look at the strategic position for the school. As such we want to let you know that a working party, consisting of the Governing Body (GB) and Senior Leadership Team (SLT), including parent and community governors, has carried out a thorough investigation into the options available to us, including joining a MAT or remaining as a SAT.
As a result of this work, the GB believes the best way of continuing to maintain the highest standards in the future while retaining our ethos, vision and community is to join a MAT.
Your opinions are important to us and, in accordance with guidelines from The Department for Education (DfE), we intend to run a full six week consultation from 22nd March 2019 to 3rd May 2019 with all stakeholders. As part of this consultation, we will be holding an information evening on 4th April 2019 at 19:30 – 20:30.
There will be an opportunity for parents and members of the community to meet and ask the Governors questions following a presentation. All questions for this evening can be submitted starting today via the website.
Or submit directly to Google Forms :- https://goo.gl/forms/Ov96ONzWuRADSFH23
Evendons Primary School,
161 Finchampstead Road,
Every query will be logged, and all comments will be detailed in the business case to the ESFA.
We have already received a number of questions from parents and staff. As well as information provided in the FAQ, we will be regularly updating the “additional questions” document with latest questions from stakeholders.
We thank you for your support and welcome questions,
The Governing Body