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.
Contact List For All The Schools
Adelaide Heath School - 01565 746946
Adelaide School - 01270 260680
Bailey Street School - 01785 556439
Castlewood School - 0121 748 9760
Cicely Haughton School - 01782 550202
Chaselea School - 01543 227095
Finch Woods School - 0151 271 3288
Loxley Hall School - 01889 723050
The Meadows School - 01538 225050
Merryfields School - 01782 914219
Rocklands School - 01543 548700
Shenstone Lodge School - 01543 480369
Springfield School - 01538 383558
Associate Member: Oakfield Lodge School - 01270 918337
01782 599 313
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