THE GOVERNING BODY WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL PARENTS FOR THEIR FEEDBACK DURING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD. THE CONSULTATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED AND GOVERNORS WILL CONSIDER THE VARIOUS ISSUES RAISED.
A DOCUMENT OUTLINING THE QUESTIONS RAISED AND THE GOVERNORS WILL RESPONSES WILL BE PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED HERE IN DUE COURSE.
THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN RETAINED BELOW FOR PARENT/CARER INFORMATION.
Please see letter below from the Chair of Governing body outlining the proposals to form a Multi Academy Trust.
06 June 2017
Notification of consultation process on forming a multi‐academy trust
The Governors of Guiseley School are proposing to convert to academy status and form a new multi‐academy trust which will be known as ‘Guiseley Trust’. This Trust will have designated authority to sponsor Grange Technology College, Bradford in the first instance.
As you will know, Guiseley School has a long‐held tradition of supporting other schools and this is something we will continue to do through the new multi‐academy trust. The support that has been put in place at Grange Technology College has led to successful Ofsted monitoring visits in November 2016 and March 2017.
We see great potential in formalising this current working relationship, but want to emphasise that we are not proposing that we join any established national academy chain. Given the national context, we think that this is the best way of maintaining our school autonomy within a strongly collaborative trust.
Further information outlining our proposal and the benefits to both schools is set out in the accompanying consultation leaflet which is also published on our website. The consultation and feedback process is outlined in this document.
The consultation period opens on Tuesday 6 June and closes on Wednesday 21 June. There will also be a meeting on 13 June at 6pm in the main hall where the information in the leaflet will be presented to parents, carers and members of the local community.
Please take the time to look at the consultation leaflet.
Mrs Anne Lawton
Chair of Governors
Guiseley School is a fully inclusive secondary school with a track record for successful student outcomes. Guiseley School prides itself on blending academic excellence with opportunities to explore practical subjects both in the curriculum and an extensive extra curricular programme. Guiseley pulls students from across the Aireborough area and beyond.
Grange Technology College is a larger than average secondary school serving over 1700 students who live in the South Bradford area from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. The majority of students are of Pakistani heritage. The school has shared a state-of-the-art campus with Southfield Special School since 2011.
Establishing a trust with more schools enables all schools to flourish because there will be more available talent to influence improvement and greater opportunity for financial efficiency. The Guiseley Multi Academy Trust (MAT) is borne out of school support delivered by Guiseley School. Support was brokered for Grange Technology College in September 2016 in the form of Leadership support at Executive Headteacher and Headteacher level. Following two highly successful Ofsted monitoring visits and conversations with the office of the Regional Schools Commissioner (Lancashire and West Yorkshire) Guiseley School is proposing to formalise this support for Grange by academising and sponsoring Grange as part of a multi- academy trust.
Guiseley Multi Academy Trust will build a highly collaborative MAT which will recognise and celebrate the individual nature and character of our schools. Our vision is to create the ‘Thinking trust’ where students will be supported to think deeply, both about their learning and their role in the community. Everyone will be supported to understand the bigger picture, get involved and contribute to our changing world. Our vision, mission and strategy are guided by core values; ‘Achieve’, ‘Respect’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Care’.
Following the parent information evening, please find a copy of the presentation below
In addition, parents may find the following links and documents useful;
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW WILL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM BEING PART OF A MULTI–ACADEMY TRUST?
- Both schools will be able to deliver a shared set of values that support everyone to think deeply, understand the bigger picture, get involved and contribute to our ever changing world
- Opportunities for student leadership will be extended: enabling students to develop qualities that will allow them to be active citizens in the 21st century
- Each school will be free to design a curriculum that is relevant, exciting and appropriate to the individual setting: Academies are not required to follow the national curriculum.
HOW WILL STAFF BENEFIT FROM BEING PART OF A MULTI–ACADEMY TRUST?
- Access to wider training and staff development opportunities
- Contributing to / working together as part of a school which is in control of delivering its own clear vision for the future
- Enjoying the freedom to develop a curriculum that is bespoke to the individual setting
- Increased opportunities to work with other colleagues to share specialist knowledge, experience and best practice
HOW WILL PARENTS BENEFIT FROM BEING PART OF A MULTI–ACADEMY TRUST?
- The MAT will ensure access to a wider curriculum in the 11-18 age range that is bespoke to the individual setting of each school. It will ensure a range of opportunities throughout the students’ seven year journey
- Each school’s distinctive character will be maintained whilst working within a wider shared vision
- Existing admissions arrangements will be retained for each school
- Opportunities will be developed to share ‘best practice’ experiences whilst retaining strong central leadership
HOW WILL EVERYONE BENEFIT FROM BEING PART OF A MULTI–ACADEMY TRUST?
Being part of a strong collaboration committed to achieving the best outcomes and experiences for everyone.
WHEN WILL ALL THIS HAPPEN?
At present we are working towards the formation of a multi-academy trust by December 2017. This date is subject to change as there is a long schedule of administrative and legal work to be completed.
WILL THE SCHOOLS’ NAMES BE CHANGED?
The multi-academy trust will be called ‘Guiseley Trust’. Both schools will have names that echo their traditions. Guiseley School will retain its name whilst Grange Technology College will return to its traditional name of ‘Grange School’.
WILL SCHOOL UNIFORM CHANGE?
Any uniform changes that occur would be subject to the normal consultations and uniform review schedules in each school and would reflect the individual setting and school name rather than reflecting the MAT status. What will happen to staff conditions of employment? Staff will transfer from being employed by the Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust to the Guiseley Trust. The process for doing this is regulated by TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations 2006) legislation. This protects the rights of staff and ensures a structure for staff consultation.
HOW WILL THE TRUST BE GOVERNED?
The trust will be governed by a board of trustees who are appointed by and responsible to the members. Members bring a range of skills and experience in order to oversee the effective leadership of the trust. The board of trustees is the trust, the legal entity which employs the staff and runs the multi-academy trust. Each school will have a local school committee that will represent the views of parents, students and staff. Each school will continue to have their own Headteacher who will report to a Chief Executive Officer.
HOW WILL THE MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST AFFECT THE AIREBOROUGH LEARNING PARTNERSHIP TRUST (ALPT)?
Guiseley School will continue to be involved in all aspects of the trust as a key partner.
WILL THE MULTI-ACADEMY TRUST IMPACT UPON GUISELEY SCHOOLS STATUS WITHIN THE PRIORITY SCHOOL’S BUILDING PROJECT (PHASE II)?
No. Guiseley School has sought and received assurances that the PSBP2 building project process will continue unaffected so will continue.
WHAT IS A MULTI ACADEMY TRUST?
The Government wants schools to improve by collaborating more closely in clusters with a single governance (MATs). Multi-academy trusts run academy schools that are still state schools but are directly responsible to the Government and not the local authority.