Over the past three years, the governors of Wood Green School have continued to evaluate the potential benefits of converting to academy status. In June 2015, Ofsted graded Wood Green School as “good”. As a “good” school, we have more choice about our future. Since March, governors have been considering our next 3-5 year plan, particularly in the light of a significantly changing educational landscape. In Oxfordshire, this includes a considerable reduction in services offered by the local authority, at a time when 27 out of 33 state secondary schools are now academies.
Governors have maintained their view that becoming a “standalone” academy (an academy with no formal links with any other schools) would not be beneficial to Wood Green. We have explored, however, over the past 12 months, the benefits of forming a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) with other like-minded schools.
“Forming” rather than “joining” a MAT is crucial for us as a school. We want to create a MAT and be instrumental in setting the ethos, values and vision from the outset. We want to be part of a MAT which:
enables us to maintain our autonomy and serve our local community
exists to provide even better experiences and opportunities for our students
supports and challenges all of its staff to help our students achieve their best possible outcomes
Wood Green School has been on an ongoing improvement journey for a number of years. We are pleased with the progress the school is making and we want to continue on our upward trajectory. Through working more formally with other good schools who have also have similar track records of success, we believe that we can build on our ethos and practices further.
Over the next 3 weeks, we will be consulting with our key stakeholders: students, parents, staff, other schools and our local community. Governors of the 4 schools wishing to create the MAT will be carrying out due diligence activities to satisfy them that joining the MAT is the right thing to do. As a school, we have applied to the Department for Education for an academy order. If accepted, this would grant us permission to convert to academy status should the consultation and due diligence activities demonstrate that this is the appropriate way forward.
The other schools with whom we would like to collaborate to create the MAT are:
Matthew Arnold School, Oxford
Icknield Community College, Watlington
Chalgrove Community Primary School, Chalgrove
We believe that this is a very exciting time for us as a school. We welcome your views and feedback during this consultation period.
There are also the following opportunities to learn more about the proposed Multi-Academy Trust:
For Parents, Carers and the Community: Wednesday 29th June at 6pm in the restaurant.
For staff: Wednesday 22nd June 2pm or 3pm in A6
If you would like to give your thoughts to the proposed plan, please send your written responses by letter or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The consultation period will close on Friday 8th July.