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Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) - Consultation Period

January 2022

The Governing Body are consulting with key stakeholders regarding a proposal to convert from being a Local Authority Maintained School to an Academy and being part of the Grand Union Partnership. As with all key decisions, our governors are committed to putting the best interests of our children, our staff and the wider community at the centre of the process. We are therefore keen to involve you, as a valued partner, in the consultation process that will take place prior to the half-term break in February.

 

The consultation will run from 17th January to midnight on 18th February 2022

The school’s interest in joining a MAT has been a long and very considered one spanning over seven years. Understanding what joining a MAT could mean for the school, establishing some non-negotiables and closely following the journey of local schools in a MAT, has been a significant part of our groundwork.

Following the last full Ofsted inspection visit in June 2019, the Local Authority asked the school to work with a National Leader for Education (NLE) to support our improvement journey. Governors opted to access support from Mr Phil Webster (NLE) at the Grand Union Partnership for a number of reasons.

  • The Grand Union Partnership focuses on providing primary education in the local area.
  • The CEO (Mr Phil Webster) is also Headteacher at New Bradwell School (www.newbradwellschool.com). He led the team there to secure an outstanding Ofsted rating, he was also instrumental in supporting the team at Old Stratford Primary School (www.oldstratfordschool.org.uk) to secure a Good Ofsted rating at their most recent inspection.
  • Schools in the Grand Union Partnership operate across a diverse range of communities (these further include Jubilee Wood - www.jubileewood.milton-keynes.sch.uk and the New Bradwell Department), whilst they commit to jointly developed core principles linked to teaching and learning and curriculum design, leaders in each school work with local governors to shape the identify of each school.

Since 2019 the team at Deanshanger have accessed support from the Grand Union Partnership that has made a significant contribution to the journey that the school has been on. Whilst this support has sometimes been challenging it has enabled governors, leaders and staff to continue to improve the school and shape its identity. These experiences, over a period approaching three years, have given governors and leaders confidence regarding the proposal for Deanshanger Primary School to join the Grand Union Partnership.

Through a huge amount of hard work and reflection across the whole Deanshanger Primary School community (including the governing body) plus external support from the Local Authority in addition to the Grand Union Partnership, the school has gone from strength to strength since the 2019 inspection. This has been recognised externally through both recent Ofsted inspections (March and June 2021) and regular Local Authority visits. This progress is reflected in the Local Authority having sufficient confidence to remove the notice of concern that the school was placed in back in 2019. This decision endorses the school’s commitment to providing children with strong and rich learning experiences, a broad and balanced curriculum with aspiration and cultural capital at its heart; it is something the governors and staff are keen to continue to build on.

There will be a meeting hosted on Zoom for Parents and Carers on Thursday 20th January at 6.30 pm. Please join us if you can. 

The PowerPoint presentation for the meetings (with staff and parents/carers), is attached below for your information. 

Should you have any comments, views or questions please direct these to the Chair of the Governing Body, Mr David Aaronson ChairofGovernors@deanshanger.northants.

We will aim to respond to all reasonable questions linked to this proposal.

We are also in the process of building a document outlining frequently asked questions. When we have had the staff and parent/carer meetings, questions will be compiled from these and those shared face to face, and through email communication, with the added on.