As you may be aware the Government are encouraging schools that are performing well to convert to academy status, and in this context our governors have been considering the school’s future very carefully. At the forefront of their considerations has been the well-being and achievement of our students. The governors have asked how we can maintain strong and effective systems of accountability and governance that would make sure that we remain successful, sustainable, and most importantly able to provide the highest possible standard of education and care for our students.

The outcome of these discussions is that the governors of our school have unanimously agreed that we should explore converting to an academy in partnership with The GORSE Academies Trust (TGAT) from 1st September 2017. Unlike a situation with a ‘sponsored’ academy where a failing school is directed to join an academy chain, our consecutive ‘Good’ judgements from Ofsted give us the opportunity to choose to convert with partners of our choice.

Part of our statutory duty when looking to convert to an academy is to consult formally with our parents and this letter marks the beginning of this process. The consultation period will commence on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 and will end on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. During this time frame, we will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have and this will help to provide the governors with a clear picture of the school community’s views about this potential change.

To assist you in engaging in the consultation there is a letter from Mr Walsh and some Frequently Asked Questions.

To give us your feedback you can email us using consultation@bostonspa.leeds.sch.uk

The timetable for the consultation is as follows:

  • 2nd May Staff consultation begins
  • 3rd May Student consultation begins
  • 3rd May Parents and stakeholders receive letters
  • 3rd May Wharfe Valley Learning partnership consultation
  • 10th May Union consultation
  • 16th May Parent consultation evening 6pm in the main hall
  • 17th May Primary consultation and Family of Schools consultation
  • 18th May Year 6 parent consultation 6pm in the main hall
  • 23rd May consultation closes.

The consultation has been subject to some positive press coverage.

Thank you

Christopher Walsh

Headteacher

Boston Spa School