ST OSWALD’S CE AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL STAKEHOLDER INFORMATION
20 May 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED ACADEMY CONVERSION
Following many months of research, the Governors at St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School have taken a decision to enter a consultation process about applying for academy status and joining Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT).
In considering applying for academy status, school leaders and governors have met with representatives from the Chester Diocesan Board of Education and from Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) and have talked to other schools who are already part of CDAT and to other local schools. The Governors also looked at and heard from other Multi Academy Trusts that St Oswald’s would be eligible to join. CDAT is the multi-academy trust that was originally established by The Diocesan Board of Education for schools in the Diocese who wish to take advantage of the academy model. We strongly believe this would benefit our pupils and staff enormously.
In the publication of the recent School White Paper, the Government vision is for all schools to join multi academy trusts by 2030. In anticipation of this, the Governors have spent some time looking more closely into whether an academy model would be in the best interests of the children, teachers and staff at St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School. The Governors are keen that St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School have full control of when and how they go forward with academy status, without pressure from Government departments. As one of a number of schools currently considering academy status, our Governors consider that joining Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) now will be a positive step for the school.
The Governing Body at St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School believes that the best plan for the school is to become an academy and join Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT).
As a Church school, we embrace any opportunity to strengthen our links with the Diocese of Chester, which we would do as an academy within the Trust. The Diocese already work closely with St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School and have provided high-quality support in areas such as governance, school improvement etc. Becoming an academy would give us increased access to this support from a partner that we know and with whom we share a common Christian ethos. CDAT have received significant interest from other schools across the Diocese who would like to join the Trust, demand has been high especially from those schools that are judged to be Good or Outstanding. Strengthening our partnerships with these schools would have clear benefits for St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School and the additional support available through a Trust model would be an advantage of becoming an academy.
The proposal is that St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School converts to academy status and joins Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) on 1st March 2023.
QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK
Governors are now entering the consultation phase. We know that the debate around academies has been predominant in recent times, and we would like to make sure that the entire school community has had an opportunity to ask questions about what academy status means for St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School. The consultation period will run from 23rd May 2022 to 27th June 2022.
We are therefore holding a meeting whereby we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about academy status. The meeting will be held at the school as follows:
On Wednesday 15th June 2022
- Parent/Carer meeting 5.30pm – 6.30pm
We have included a feedback form (Appendix A) with this letter – we would be grateful if you could submit to us by 4pm on 27th June 2022 with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave any paper feedback forms in the box at the school office and forms received will be kept completely anonymous.
We also enclose, with this letter, an outline of the CDAT Vision (information also available at www.cdat.co.uk) and a copy of some Frequently Asked Questions which you may find of interest. Information about the consultation and the feedback form can be found at
https://stoswalds-moll.academyconsultation.co.uk/ Any future information, feedback or responses can also be found on this website. The website will go live on 23rd May 2022. We will be consulting on academy status with staff in school on 15th June 2022.
In order for us to gather as broad and deep a range of opinions as possible, we strongly urge you to participate by attending the organised information session. If you are unable to attend this session, but would like further information or would like to respond to our consultation, you can contact the school in the following ways:
• Telephone: 01244 456007
• Suggestions box: Leave paper feedback in the office at main entrance
Finally, we would like to thank you for your continued support of St Oswald’s CofE Aided Primary School. We believe that we have a truly wonderful school here and we are committed to ensuring we provide the very best for our family.
Mr Dave Wallace
Mrs Marianne Sunter
Chair of Governors