Tuesday 7th February from 6pm-7pm
Friday 10th February from 6pm-7pm
Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School Main Hall
Frequently asked Questions
Why has the Governing Body chosen to consult on Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School converting to academy status under a Multi Academy Trust?
The Board of Governors has considered this move seriously over a period of time. It believes that in the current educational and financial climate, the move to convert the school to academy status and to establish a Multi Academy Trust (“MAT”) would best protect the nature and ethos of the school and to lead our own future in the innovative way we have established.
The Board of Governors believe that there are 3 key benefits:
- Freedom– giving us the ability to operate more independently and therefore creatively as an Academy whilst still retaining a positive relationship with the Local Authority.
This includes leading our own future, forming our own networks, keeping and growing our incredibly talented staff team, having greater flexibility over our own pay decisions, and sourcing our own expert services.
- Flexibility– giving us the ability to be innovative in meeting our children’s academic and social needs.
This includes leading partnerships with other schools and businesses, designing and delivering a curriculum which enables our children to flourish whilst maintaining our very high standards as a school and complying with the Department for Education’s requirements and the best school structure to benefit each individual’s learning.
- Control– giving us the ability to manage our own funding.
This includes being in full receipt of the school budget share without funding being ‘top sliced’ by the Local Authority, have greater control over our facilities and be able to access additional funding only available to academies to improve them and having ownership of the expertise and resources we have developed in order to generate our own income.
Academy Status: What is an Academy?
Academy schools are state-funded schools in England which are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control.
What is a Multi Academy Trust?
A MAT is an Academy Trust which operates one or more academies through a Master Funding Agreement (“MFA”) and a separate Supplemental Funding Agreement (“SFA”) for each school with the Secretary of State for Education. Again, as a charitable company, the MAT has a board of trustees to manage the MAT and the operation of the academies under the MAT.
- https://www.teachers.org.uk/campaigns/ academies/academies-toolkit
Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, comments on high performing multi-academy trusts and what they have in common