Last night, Tuesday 28th June, a full governors’ meeting took the decision to make an application for Ivanhoe Primary to convert to an academy.
This is just the first step of a lengthy process that might see us converted by January 2012 – we fill in an application and then the Secretary of State for Education decides whether or not to approve the application and issue an Academy Order and it is after that point that the complexities of the process begin.
We need, as part of this process, to consult with parents. It would seem sensible to use the school blog as part of this consultation, which is what we are doing. As Headteacher, I see the positive benefits of academy conversion, which I see primarily as the school having greater control over its finances with more money to spend on our children and greater control over the curriculum.
The purpose of this blog (and the letter home today) is to ask parents (a) if they have any questions they would like to ask (b) if they have any comments that they would like to make and (c) if they would like a public meeting on the issue. If we knew in advance the sort of questions that parents wanted to have answered, we could set an agenda for every parent to see so that everyone could be prepared properly.
This is potentially a very important moment for Ivannhoe, and the more people who are involved the better. Please blog and please let us know the questions that need answering – and there is no such thing as a trivial qiestion; they all have equal importance. I would have thought that a public meeting before the end of term would be a good idea, so please let me know your views on that particular point.
Thanks in advance for your comments and questions and views.