The Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust
A Multi Academy Trust
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Can we go to visit a school in one of the Multi-Academy Trusts to talk to the students and staff?
: Yes, there is no reason why such a visit could not be organised for a group from student council to
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 Trust
Will our uniform change?
: No, not necessarily. We were considering looking at badged skirts and trousers for Year 7 next year
Will we have to meet and work with students from the other schools? What if we don’t get on?
: Each school will remain their own school but staff and students may come together for specific joint
Will we be able to study a wider variety of subjects on the timetable in options? (Year 10)
: It will be possible to look at new courses but at KS4 core subjects will still remain important for
Will we see the benefit of moving to academy status? (Year 10)
: If the conversion takes place in the next academic year, as Year 11 students you will not see a grea
What about conversion costs?
: Schools can trigger £25,000 to go through the conversion process. If a school decides to withdraw
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
What will becoming an academy mean?
: It could be the way to closer and stronger relationships, especially for Catholic schools in this ar
How will it benefit our children and staff?
: The change to a Multi-Academy Trust will not impact immediately. Our Catholic heritage is essential
Will the direct funding to the CMAT just produce a mini LA?
: Representatives from the schools have formed a finance and HR group working together to clarify how
Will larger schools monopolise smaller institutions in the CMAT?
: The idea of the CMAT is that the schools work together. It is not about any one school ‘being in c
How is our buying power as part of a cluster of l7 schools stronger than us being one of 7 Calderdale schools?
: The larger the group, the better the buying power. It is also possible to purchase services from f
Are joint costs for shared services (eg HR support) split evenly across the cluster or pro-rated based on school size?
: This is to be determined. It is normal for many service agreements to be charged according to the
How confident are you that we have the skill set to deal with required changes to the running of the school without impacting teaching/leadership time?
: This is for the school to answer. However, there is much expertise across the Trust schools and a
How have the R.E./Ofsted ratings altered for other schools which have converted to academy status?
: We have not been able to find Ofsted data that separates out Convertor Academies from other Academie
What are the R.E. S48/Ofsted S5 ratings for all schools in the cluster?
: St John Fisher – Outstanding / Good All Saints – Good/Good St Mary’s Halifax – Good/S
Would it change how we work with the local cluster of schools or our feed school status?
: Not unless the school wished it to. It is to be hoped that partnership working will grow across th
Would holidays change? Who would decide on the dates for holidays – our school or the CMAT?
: There are some obvious advantages in coordinating such matters at Trust Board level but schools woul
Are we still linked with St Joseph’s (Halifax) – why are they not involved in this academy process?
: This is for school to answer but it is for each Governing Body to determine when and if they choose