The governing body does not want to ask staff or parents/carers to vote on whether this is a good idea for Darell.
Teaching staff at Grey Court school in Ham, which is part of “Every Child Every Day Academy Trust” have been told that Darell will definitely be taken over by the same organisation.
Darell’s chair of governors has been invited to join the trustees of “Every Child Every Day Academy Trust”. She is also a trustee of ‘Achieving for Children’ (the company that runs Children’s Services and Education Support in the boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Kingston).
Members of the “consultation group” — which is supposed to find out whether everyone else involved with Darell thinks that handing the school to “Every Child Every Day Academy Trust” would be a good idea for the school — have said that they are worried that the “consultation” is really advertising for “Every Child Every Day”. [Update Fri 11 Nov: three of the parents have now resigned from the consultation group.]
Darell’s governing body has not agreed any level of concern from teachers, support staff, parents and carers which would stop Darell being transferred to the Ham trust.
During the summer holidays, the governing body applied to the government to hand over control of the school. They are supposed to take part in a genuine conversation before making a decision.
The National Governors’ Association is of the view that “consultation should take place at an early stage of the process before governing bodies have applied for academy status, and that no governing body should submit an application to the DfE unless and until they have consulted their key stakeholders (parents, pupils, staff, local authorities, or other local schools). Conversion to academy status is a significant step; it means moving accountability away from the local authority to the Secretary of State and potentially fundamentally changing the structure of the governing body. A decision on such a step should not be done without considering the views of those likely to be affected.”
- Who is the governing body trying to transfer Darell to?
- Is there a financial need to hand Darell to an academy?
- Why did the consultation group fall apart?
- Do Darell’s recent results make the case for a takeover by “Every Child Every Day”?
- What do the teachers and support staff think?
- How would Darell change?
- What are the alternatives?
- Would Darell be a local school?
- Would Darell become a private school?
- Does academisation improve pupil progress and attainment?
- What can I do?
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