Many of you will be aware that under Government legislation schools can choose to convert to academy status and in Stockton on Tees some schools are already academies or are working towards academy status. The Governing Body of Thornaby C of E Primary School has been considering carefully the schools’ future in a fast-changing and increasingly challenging educational landscape. Governors have spent time researching and undertaking due diligence and now believe that the best plan moving forwards is for Thornaby C of E Primary School to become an academy.
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Frequently asked questions about academy conversions:
What is an academy?
An academy is an all-ability school that is directly funded by central government and independent of direct control by local government. Academies are inspected by Ofsted under the same framework as maintained schools. Academies are self-governing.
What is a Multi-Academy Trust?
A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a charitable company limited by guarantee which is formed to oversee a group of schools who are academies. The MAT is the employer of staff and holds the land and buildings of each academy in Trust.
Why does our school have to join a MAT?
If schools are judged by Ofsted to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ they do not have to join a MAT if they don’t want to. Some are choosing to join MATs because of the benefits this brings but good and outstanding schools all have different reasons for joining or not joining a MAT. Schools which are judged to be ‘Inadequate’ or have been judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ three consectutive times will receive an academy order from the Department for Education and will have to make arrangements to join a MAT as soon as they can.
How long does academy conversion take and how will the process affect the day-to-day running of the school?
This will usually take 4-6 months. The day to day running will not be affected as planning and meetings to enable the conversion to take place are mainly out of the school day.