Academy Options for Leafield C.E. Primary School

1st June 2016

ODST meeting letter to Stakeholders June 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re: Academy Options for Leafield C.E. Primary School

As we are sure you are aware following the recent White Paper from the Secretary of State for Education, the government intends for all schools to become academies in the coming years. Whilst the White Paper has raised the issue again, the governing body has been discussing the academy options for Leafield over a number of years. During this period, governors have considered the possibility of remaining as a Local Authority maintained school or joining a local Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). In recent months, governors have met with representatives from the Local Authority and different local MATs to gather information about the options available.

Having evaluated the full range of options, the governing body have voted to formally register an interest in becoming an academy with the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST).

As previously advertised, we would like to invite parents, carers and members of the local community to a meeting at the school on Monday 13 June at 7pm. The aim of this meeting is to provide more information about the governing body’s decision and give us the opportunity to listen to your views. David Cousins, the Director of Schools for ODST will also be at the meeting to share their vision, discuss how they will support our school and outline the next steps. Unfortunately, this is the only date that a representative of ODST was available, so please accept our apologies for the clash with the Year 5 Music Festival at Burford School.

If you are unable to attend and wish to ask a question or make any comments, please send these to the school office. We, or any governor, are more than happy to answer questions and all comments will be considered at the next full governing body meeting on June 29th 2016.

Further information about Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust can be found on their website: http://www.odst.org.uk

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the meeting.

Yours sincerely,

Christian McGuinness