Multi Academy Trust Up-date- 03-12-14

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MYTON SCHOOL
Multi Academy Trust Update –
Dec 2014
Changing Educational Landscape
• The education landscape is changing both
locally and nationally
– Tough financial times ahead with increasing staff costs
(pensions, NI) plus uncertainty re education funding
– Curriculum changes across all phases
– Locally, the Local Plan is gathering momentum
• The Association of School & College Leaders
(ASCL) predicts that the majority of schools will
be in some sort of collaboration in the next few
years
– There are now 4,500 academies across the country– half
of these are already in a type of academy group e.g. a
Multi-Academy Trust (“MAT”)
Myton School Response
• In response to these challenges and the
changing landscape, Myton School Board of
Directors voted on 7th May 2014 in favour of
Myton School developing a Multi-Academy Trust
status. This can be achieved in one of two way:
– Myton School developing its own MAT in partnership
with other interested schools (secondary and/or
primary)
– Myton School joining an already established MAT
Community Academies Trust
• The Community Academies Trust (“CAT”), an already
established local MAT comprising The Polesworth School
(secondary), and 4 primaries, approached Myton School
to see if we would be interested in joining the CAT.
• Myton School has been exploring this option and sees
the benefits as follows:
– Financial advantages / synergies in a climate of insecurity
– Opportunities for staff (career development with a larger
employer)
– Sharing best practice across a group of like minded schools
– Primary school expertise to assist with transition and move
into 3 -18 designation
– Increased local influence & support of the local school system
– Improved quality assurance and governance
CAT Structure
• If Myton School joined the already established
CAT, 2 local school “hubs” would be established
– North Warwickshire i.e. Polesworth where the current CAT
is located (comprising 4 schools currently)
– South Warwickshire i.e. Warwick where Myton School and
a number of primary schools are located - either already in
the CAT (Budbrooke), or interested in joining.
– The two “Hubs” would be governed by one Board of
Directors / Trustees of the CAT who would delegate decision
making powers down to the Local Hubs and Local Schools
– The Local Hubs would have a Governing Body and the local
schools would also keep their local governing bodies to
ensure continued accountability both at the local level but
also at the group level
Proposed CAT Structure
CAT
Board of Directors
North Warwickshire
Hub Governing
Body
Polesworth
Local
Governing
Body
Birchwood
Local
Governing
Body
Dordon
Local
Governing
Body
South Warwickshire
Hub Governing
Body
Wood End
Local
Governing
Body
Myton
Local
Governing
Body
Budbrooke
Local
Governing
Body
“A N
Other”
Local
Governing
Body
The level of governance representation at both the Hub level and CAT level will
depend upon the size of the school, the Ofsted rating, and the level of
delegation, delegated down to the local school. Myton School will have
representation both at the CAT level and South Warwickshire Hub level as this
potential collaboration is regarded as the joining together of 2 equal partners
Next Steps
• The Myton School Board of Directors are meeting
on 15th December and will be asked to take a vote
on joining the CAT
• If the outcome of the vote supports joining the CAT,
legal and financial due diligence including TUPE &
stakeholder consultation will then take place (both
by the CAT and Myton School)
• The Myton School Board of Directors and the CAT
Board of Directors will need to vote again, following
this due diligence process, before Myton School can
join the CAT. This vote is likely to take place in
February / March 2015.

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