Join a newly founded MAT
As a newly established Multi Academy Trust (September 2015) evolving in capacity, all academy leaders sit on an advisory group of head teachers, accountable to the Trust Board of Directors. Therefore, all academies have an influence on Multi Academy Trust developments and a voice in shaping the future. Academies within the Multi Academy Trust have leadership from likeminded head teachers, who have shared values, beliefs and high expectations and aspirations for children and young adults.
The Manor Hall Academy Trust is outward looking. We believe we have a responsibility to all pupils not just those in our immediate care. Our schools work pro-actively in their localities with many mainstream schools. The MHAT is inclusive, forward thinking and would welcome mainstream schools becoming members. We know many mainstream schools share our values and would help us develop further as a collaborative group of schools.
To find out more about the MHAT, if you feel that our model of school collaboration is for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
CEO, Manor Hall Academy Trust
Making the Right Decision for your School
Governing Bodies of maintained schools have possibly the most important decision they will have to make when they decide about how and when they are going to embrace the process of academisation. This decision has been made even more difficult as the Department of Education (DfE’s) have given out a clear message that single converter schools or empty MAT’s are unlikely to be given the go ahead to convert.
As a newly established Collaborative Educational Trust, the DfE’s rationale for this decision has quickly been realised in that developing Trusts of 10 or less schools face difficult financial challenges. This is in terms of the design and implementation of centralised services to meet the demands of the academy process. In order to make the sums stack up, to achieve economies of scale, then schools need to be in larger clusters.
The choices that schools seem to be left with seem threefold. Join a MAT with possible sponsors, who have established systems and support structures. Such MATs seem corporate and centralised and as they are already established you will have little say in their governance or strategic direction as their pathways will have been already set. Collaborate with other maintained schools, establish a lead school or appoint an independent CEO and present your case to the DfE.
Associate Membership allows a school and the trust to form a partnership so that the Trust can provide immediate support to the school. This arrangement is set out in a service level agreement, where the services that the trust will provide, is clearly set out and costed. This service negotiated between the school and the trust, enabling the school to join the trust in a more flexible arrangement, accessing trust resources and supportive systems.
During the partnership, the school can consider converting into the trust based on its experience of working with the trust. Simultaneously, the trust can perform its due diligence processed in a timelier and less intrusive fashion, to ensure that the school is best fit in terms of values and ethos.
A service level agreement is negotiated between the school and the trust and could involve support in:
* School Improvement
* Curriculum Development
* Governance Function
* Finance Function
* Business Function
* Professional Development
* Collaboration and networking
* Strategy and Vision
* Estate management
* Health and safety
* Behavioural Support
* Data protection
By working together, the Associate Member and Trust can try before they buy, sample before they commit.
Contact List For All The Schools
Adelaide Heath School - 01625 383045
Adelaide School - 01270 260680
Bailey Street School - 01785 556439
Castlewood School - 0121 7489760
Cicely Haughton School - 01782 550202
Chaselea School - 01543 227095
Finch Woods School - 0151 288 8930
Loxley Hall School - 01889 723050
The Meadows School - 01538 225050
Merryfields School - 01782 914219
Rocklands School - 01543 548700
Shenstone Lodge School - 01542 480369
Springfield School - 01538 383558
Associate Member: Oakfield Lodge School - 01270 685626
01782 599 313
Manor Hall Academy Trust,
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