Since mid May we have undertaken a formal consultation process regarding the conversion of the Federation of Pine Ridge and Lorraine Schools to academy status within the GLF Schools Academy Group the results of which have been overwhelmingly favourable. On 28th June the Governing Body reviewed the consultation results and decided to proceed with implementing the proposals set out in our letter of 23rd May, with a proposed conversion date of 1 December 2016.
Following our consultation, which involved an online survey and meetings held in both schools, the governors were pleased all parent respondents were in favour of the proposed conversion. Parents were particularly supportive of creating a seamless primary education journey for our children with Cordwalles citing the improvements at Cordwalles as evidence of GLF’s positive impact.
The Governing Body reviewed responses from both parents and staff and believe that being part of a supportive group such as GLF will help to ensure that our Federation staff have excellent support so the schools, children’s centre, children and families can continue to flourish. GLF recognises that good and outstanding schools/children’s centres need as much challenge and support as underperforming establishments, and this is reflected in their model. However they allow schools to develop with an autonomy that will protect the way that our schools and children’s centre are embedded in our community. These factors led us to propose that our Federation joins GLF Schools, where we believe that our two schools and children’s centre will be equal partners within a family of like-minded professionals. As with the Federation process, this development is not intended to bring about rapid change in the intake, make-up, character or resourcing of our settings, but to underpin the excellent provision that they already offer our children and families.
Over the coming weeks the Federation will submit a formal application to join GLF and then commence the conversion process. The burden of this process is expected to be largely administrative with much of the effort undertaken by or with the support of GLF.
In summary, the Governing Body and the Federation’s leadership team have concluded that proceeding down this route provides the best option for our schools, our children’s centre, our children and their families, our staff and ultimately for the overall community.
Chair of Governors
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