Seven village schools in multi-academy bid

Plans have been revealed which could see seven primary schools in the Daventry district forming a multi-academy trust.

The primary schools in Badby, Barby, Braunston, Kilsby, Staverton, Weedon and Woodford Halse are proposing to convert to academy status in the next academic year and form the trust.

The proposal will go out to consultation in September to allow parents to give their views.

Sue Rigby, executive headteacher at both Braunston and Staverton Primary School, said: “A key objective of the proposal is preserving and celebrating the unique character of rural schools.”

Mike Wills, from Woodford Halse Primary School, added: “If the proposal goes ahead each school will become an academy within the trust while retaining its own individuality, vision and ethos.”

The potential benefits include a collective responsibility to improve provision across all schools.

Explaining other advantages, Lindsey Evans, head at Badby, said: “We hope to improve the quality of teaching and learning and facilitate the sharing of good practice and successful strategies for improving quality.”

Elaborating on the benefits, Antony Witheyman, said: “We want to improve the quality and impact of strategic thinking and planning and support governor training and development opportunities.”

Angela Tilston, from Barby Primary School, said: “We want to strengthen capacity through providing wider career and vocational opportunities and leadership formation. We also want to extend the range and broaden the diversity of planned curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities.”

Interim headteacher at Kilsby, Cathy Freeth, said: “We want to offer quality education across the primary schools serving the communities involved.”

There is no external sponsor involved in the plans and the governing bodies of all seven schools will take parents’ views into account. All of the governing bodies will then review the subject and will decide whether to continue with the application. They will then consult on a date with the Department of Education.