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Please see attached the Sale High School consultation document which now incorporates frequently asked questions with responses as well as those from the process and raised within the consultation meeting on the 7th March 2017. Our Governing Body hope that this is useful information for you and hope it covers all you wanted to ask.
The Governing Body have now received an ‘Academy Order’ and we have begun the due diligence process to help us all understand the legal and financial situation of all the schools involved. This will enable Governors to make their decision as to whether or not to join the Hamblin Education Trust.
They asked me also to share with you the following:
The Hamblin Education Trust is a small Multi Academy Trust of 2 schools moving to 4 schools potentially in September 2017 and as such, each school will be involved in forming the structures and ethos of the 4 school MAT. The Multi Academy Trust is currently emerging and so there is nothing to impose upon schools in terms of structures, curriculum, ethos etc. Head teachers and Business managers as well as chairs of governors are currently working together to discuss these matters. We all believe each school is unique, we value the strengths of each school and understand the need to preserve cultures, traditions in order to maintain the high standards in place.
You may be aware there is no funding for maintained schools and that the Local Authority has no available funding. Only Academies can access current funding streams from the DFE. Schools can no longer be a standalone Academy and so must become part of a MAT. Sale High School governing body want to access funding pots for building and premises and are ambitious to develop the school environment. This is a very strong reason for wanting to be part of a Multi Academy Trust. It is important that the school can improve the condition of the buildings for the children and to support the potential growth of the school due to increased numbers.
As Head teacher I intend to keep you informed of progress over the next term. Thank you for all your support.