You may well be aware that the Government has expressed a commitment to the conversion of all maintained schools into academies. There was a deadline of 2022 given for conversion, which has prompted the College to begin the process of considering academisation for Swanmore.
The 2022 deadline has now been removed; however, we believe that we should still undertake a consultation process to gain the views of all stakeholders to inform what strategic course the College should be following. We recognise that the role of Local Authorities in supporting schools is changing and the Government’s views and recommendations continue to change and challenge those charged with delivering high quality education.
The Governing Body of Swanmore College has, for some time, been carefully considering the best future strategy for our College. We want to secure and build on the strengths that have resulted in Ofsted judging our College as “Good with outstanding features”. These strengths have helped produce strong educational outcomes. The Governing Body’s priority is to enable Swanmore College to continue to provide an excellent education for our children while protecting the College’s role at the heart of our community and retaining its unique qualities and strengths. The rapid pace of educational reform and pressures on school funding creates both a need and an opportunity for schools to work together to provide the very best education for our young people and to facilitate school improvement, but it must be said that academies are not the only way this can be achieved. There are both benefits and disadvantages when a school becomes an academy. We will make sure that you have every opportunity to explore what these advantages and disadvantages are.
The Governing Body wants to consult with parents, carers, staff, pupils, local primary schools, Hampshire County Council and the local community on whether or not Swanmore College should convert to academy status. This consultation about the possibility of becoming an academy is being opened to all stakeholders. We want to hear your views and establish if there is any support or not for Swanmore College becoming an academy.
The consultation period will run from Thursday 16 March to Thursday 27 April 2017.
On this webpage you will find information about academy status – the pros and cons, FAQs and other information which will help you to form a view.
We need to hear your views. You can complete the online survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AcademyCons
The online survey will be closed at 6 pm on Thursday 27 April 2017.
If you prefer, a feedback form can be downloaded from the documents below for you to return to the College, marked ‘For the Attention of The Chair of Governors’. If you wish to provide hard copy feedback, please ensure this is sent to the College by Thursday 27 April 2017.
We have also opened a dedicated academy consultation email address where you can send messages, ask questions and receive answers. The address is: [email protected] .
The Swanmore College Governing Body