What is an Academy?
An Academy is a state school that is run by an Academy Trust. The Academy Trust enters into an agreement with the Secretary of State for Education that sets out its responsibilities and accountabilities for the effective running of the Academy. The Academy is funded directly by the Government and not through the Local Authority. The Trust is given exempt charitable status, which means it must operate much like a charity.
What is a Multi Academy Trust?
A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is when 2 or more Academies come together in partnership.
Within a multi-academy trust all schools are governed by one academy trust. Each school retains its own governing body, which is represented on the multi-academy trust board. The schools' governing bodies operate subject to the control of the trust which has ultimate responsibility for the running of the individual academies. The trust is accountable and responsible for the performance of each of the academies and may delegate its decision-making powers to the governing bodies of the individual academies. As the multi-academy trust is a single entity, it is envisaged that schools can achieve strong collaboration and drive up standards by providing a cohesive strategy and vision across all of the schools working together.
Is this the right time to consider converting to an Academy?
Yes. Because we are rated by OFSTED as a ‘Good’ school we can choose whether or not to become an academy rather than have the decision made for us. Governors need to consider the option to convert as part of their duty to improve the quality of education provided for our pupils.
What are the potential benefits of academy status?
There are a number of advantages including:
Potential to broaden the curriculum on offer - more subjects
Potential to decide how we deliver curriculum
The Trust can ‘grow its own’ leaders for long term succession planning
Funding direct to the school – greater autonomy on what services we procure and how we reward staff