Consultation to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)
Governors are proposing that Manor High School joins with a group of other schools to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) called OAK Trust.
These schools will be equal partners within the MAT:
- Brookside Primary School
- Manor High School
- Overdale Infant School
- Overdale Junior School
- Woodland Grange Primary School
In forming a MAT, the over-riding concerns of governors are to ensure that our school continues to provide the best possible standard of education and care for our children. With this in mind, your views are important to us and we are extremely keen to hear your thoughts.
Key points of forming a Multi-Academy Trust
- Our school will retain its character and will continue to look, feel and be the same as it is now with the same uniform, school name, school times, holiday pattern and admission policy. Most of the changes will be behind the scenes.
- The MAT organisation does not affect your choice of secondary school for your child. We will continue to work closely with all our local schools including all our local secondary schools in areas such as Year 6/Year 7 transition and events
- A Headteacher and Governing Body will continue to lead our school on a daily basis as they do now and parents will continue to be represented on the Governing Body
- The MAT arrangements will share some services across the schools which will help them be more efficient and make sure that funding is focused on teaching, learning and support for children
Academy status is becoming more common and the Government and local authorities have made clear their intention to encourage/support all schools to become academies by 2022 and in particular for schools to organise themselves within groups, i.e. MATs. As their budgets are reduced, local authorities are also reducing the services that they have available to schools. Making this change now means that we can choose how we want our school to develop. As local schools, we will continue to have good working relationships with each local authority.
Forming a MAT will:
- Help us to develop the highest quality of leadership and management and the highest quality of teaching and learning
- Give us greater freedoms in developing the school curriculum to make sure that it is personalised to the needs of our pupils, ensuring high expectation and total conviction that all pupils can succeed whatever their circumstances, background or previous level of attainment
- Provide economic benefits such as centralised services and economies of scale
- Enable us to support each other as the support from local authorities reduces
- Increase the flexibility of the school budget and funds which gives us more freedom to spend it to best meet the priorities of the school and pupils
- Provide the opportunity to establish succession planning programmes and in doing so, retaining good staff who might otherwise move on – including head teachers
Governors believe that academy status within a MAT is the best way to support the school in continuing to develop and improve, and that working together within the Trust will bring benefits to teaching and learning and this will impact on children’s achievement.
A list of FAQs and answers is available on the links on the right.
A public consultation ran from Thursday 9th March 2017 until 4pm on Friday 7th April 2017.