A Wilmslow primary school is considering converting to academy status and joining a multi-academy trust.
If they decide to go ahead with the proposal, Gorsey Bank would become a converter academy - a successful school which has chosen to be independent from Local Authority control.
Schools with Academy status are publicly funded but operate outside Local Authority control. The Board of Governors would continue to be responsible for the running of the school and approve the decisions made within the school. A Trust would oversee the Board of Governors and the school would continue to work with the local authority in many areas such as admissions.
Funding for academies comes directly from the Government, rather than via the Local Authority, and they benefit from greater freedoms including have greater autonomy over how the funds are spent and being able to decide on how to deliver the curriculum. However, like Maintained Schools they must still follow the law and guidance on Admissions, Exclusions and Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
The Board of Governors will make the decision whether or not Gorsey Bank converts to Academy status following a formal period of consultation with all stakeholders.
In Cheshire East there are 30 academies and a further 13 schools are currently considering conversion.
Gorsey Bank is also considering joining the Cheadle Hulme High School Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). This means they would work in partnership with a group of schools which are governed by one Academy Trust. Each school retains its own Board of Governors in order to continue to make decisions at a local level.
The school feels that being part of a MAT can benefit pupils by: increasing access to teaching resources and expertise; creating professional development opportunities for staff; making savings due to economies of scale when purchasing products, goods and services and improving administration efficiencies, enabling more time to focus on teaching and learning.