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School consultations announced on the formation of a Multi-Academy Trust

Parents in Portishead have this week been notified of an important decision regarding the future of schools in the Portishead area. A number of schools have recently agreed to commence consultations about Academy conversion and the formation of a learning partnership and Multi-Academy Trust.

Governors from High Down Infant School, High Down Junior School, St Mary’s Primary School in Portbury, St Peter’s Primary School and Portishead Primary School voted at the end of January in favour of joining in partnership with Gordano School, which is already an Academy, in setting up a Multi-Academy Trust.

Parents have been invited to join in with the consultation process to learn more about schools with Academy status, and the differences a multi-academy trust can make to the local schools involved.  Final decisions will not be made until after the consultation has closed.

The Headteachers of the schools have issued a joint statement which said,

“The model that we are proposing will have a great many benefits for our children, families and staff.  In particular we will be able to share facilities and staff expertise to develop the opportunities available across our schools.  The central focus of our collaboration will be on the professional development for our staff so that we continually improve in our teaching and learning.”

Parents were assured in letters sent out from Headteachers this week that the formation of a Multi-Academy Trust would not affect the day to day running of schools involved in the process, and that each school would maintain its own individuality, ethos and values. They highlighted the benefits of a smoother natural transition between students leaving Year 6 and entering Year 7 at Gordano School, and also how financial benefits could be reaped through economies of purchasing and effective management of resources.

Following the next consultation period, further announcements about the formation of a Multi-Academy Trust will be made later on this year.

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