Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why didn’t the school consider academy status sooner?

The decision to allow schools to become academies was made by the Diocese of Leeds through the Trustees. The decision to allow schools to become academies was discussed for a long time, and the decision was that in order to avoid any Catholic school in the Diocese feeling isolated, that the way forward would be to form Multi-Academy trusts across the Diocese. There are already two  Multi-Academy trusts formed in Leeds Diocese.

We like the way All Saints is moving and improving and we want that to continue. Our children are happy here. They tell us that eg. Teachers do not shout. We don’t want that to change.

Change is inevitable but we must not lose what makes All Saints distinctive. It is important that we move from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ by the next  Ofsted inspection. It has to be about continuing to improve the schools. The school feels that the extra freedom regarding curriculum and budget will help develop the vision for the school and ultimately improve the lives and learning of the students.

What will becoming an academy mean?

It could be the way to closer and stronger relationships, especially for Catholic schools in this area. It is essential to approach conversion with this continued and close relationship in mind. The school will have no additional money. It will be allocated its share of the money that is currently held by the local authority and receive 100% of its funding direct from the Dfe.

How will it benefit our children and staff?

The change to a Multi-Academy Trust will not impact immediately. Our Catholic heritage is essential and it is important that we strengthen that. This will benefit all our staff and students. However, as the group of schools start working closely together and exerting the element of choice about how money is spent, we will see developments in resources bought, services used and potential capital bids.