Wreake Valley Academy are consulting with all stakeholders regarding an opportunity for the school to join the Bradgate Education Partnership Trust. For more information see below:
8th November 2017
I am writing to tell you about an exciting development for Wreake Valley. As you are aware, Wreake Valley is an academy. This means that we operate independently of the Local Authority. Other local academies also currently operate independently of the LA, but in a partnership, or Multi Academy Trust (MAT) arrangement, known as The Bradgate Education Partnership. We are now proposing that Wreake Valley Academy joins Bradgate Education Partnership (the MAT), subject to approval of the Department for Education (DfE).
The following schools already work within the partnership:
- Broomfield Primary School,
- Church Hill Infant School,
- Eastfield Primary School,
- Gaddesby Primary School,
- Great Dalby Primary School,
- The Merton Primary School,
- Newtown Linford Primary School,
- The Pochin School,
- The Roundhill Academy,
- Seagrave Village Primary School,
- Swallowdale Primary School.
What will joining a MAT mean for Wreake Valley?
Currently Wreake Valley is supported by its own academy trust board, the Wreake Valley Academy Trust. If Wreake Valley Academy joins the MAT, the governance arrangements for the current academy will change.
The MAT is managed by a Board of Trustees, which includes representatives from the partner schools, together with a range of specialist expertise. We are proud of our school and as a result, we want to ensure that we maintain our individual characteristics within the MAT. Therefore the identity of the school will be maintained. However there will undoubtedly be benefits which are outlined below, but there will be no visible change at Wreake Valley such as a new uniform.
What are the benefits of being in a MAT?
We feel the benefits are numerous:
The aim is to enhance our core purpose of delivering an outstanding educational pathway for all of the students at Wreake Valley, and the children in each of the schools within the MAT, and to ensure that together we have a robust structure to cope with the ever changing educational landscape
A number of key benefits of this formal partnership have been identified through the analysis carried out by the Governing Body :
- Long term benefit of good and outstanding schools for our children
- Sharing of expertise to enhance our children’s teaching and learning experience
- Shared training of staff and leaders giving increased opportunities for professional
- development and growth of talent
- Increased opportunities for mentoring and career development of all our staff therefore providing an attractive working environment for future employees
- Shared OFSTED experience and expertise
- Shared creativity and innovation
- Stronger combined Board expertise to lead our schools
- Progressive efficiency savings on service contracts through sharing resources and increasing our combined purchasing power
Are there any disadvantages to becoming a MAT?
As a MAT, the central Board of Trustees will be accountable for all of the academies that are in the MAT, including Wreake Valley. This means increased responsibility. However, as part of the conversion process, our Governing Body will ensure that careful decisions are taken to ensure that the right governance structure and systems are in place to successfully operate within the MAT.
What else will change?
We do not intend to change anything else about the day to day operation of Wreake Valley as a result of joining the MAT.
How can I find out more?
There is more information about MAT academies on the DfE website: http://www.education.gov.uk/academies
If you can’t find the answer to your question here, or on the DfE website, please email the Principal, Tony Pinnock, at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to assist.
How can I make representations?
Representations can be made in writing to: The Principal, Wreake Valley Academy, Parkstone Lane, Syston, Leicester LE7 1LY or by email to: email@example.com
The closing date for representations to be made is: 9am Wednesday 6th December 2017