Two schools set to join academy trust

Two village primary schools are the latest looking to becoming academies.

The primary schools in Braunston and Staverton are working with the Peterborough Board of Education, run by the Diocese of Peterborough, to set up a multi-academy trust.

Both schools were looking to team up with five other primary schools, at Badby, Barby, Kilsby, Weedon and Woodford Halse to form a trust but are now investigating the alternative option instead.

A statement from Sue Rigby, headteacher at Braunston Primary School and Ruth Walker-Green, head at Staverton Primary School said they wanted to raise standards and make the best use of resources available.

It said: “At the end of the consultation period the results showed that both the idea of becoming an academy within a MAT and joining with other local schools had the support of staff and parents.

“However, at the time of the consultation there had not been any alternative options to forming our own MAT other than taking no action or becoming a single academy, neither of which met the needs of the school in securing the future.

“When the governors reviewed the project proposal prior to making a binding decision news was received that the Peterborough Board of Education was offering to set up a MAT for local Church of England Schools.

“The Governors took the view that they should investigate this option prior to making a final decision and invited the Diocese to provide details of their MAT.

“Following that presentation the Governors felt that joining a MAT set up by a known and trusted organisation who could provide central support in a totally transparent way as well as provide school improvement support and develop networking with other local schools, was a better solution for our school than the original proposal.”

Both schools will be circulating details of the Diocese Multi-Academy Trust to parents of children and staff.

After their views have been sought, a final decision will be made at the end of February about whether both schools will be part of the academy.