Knoll School reveals it is considering move to academy status
Governing Body at Brent Knoll Primary School has said this week
it is "exploring the opportunity of converting to academy status".
school says the purpose of the proposed move - which follows several
months of discussions - is to support school improvements and is
also "driven by the changing political landscape for the future
of all schools."
Knoll Primary School is considering a partnership with the existing
Wessex Learning Trust (WLT), which currently has a secondary school,
a middle school, and six first schools within the Trust.
Knoll's headteacher, Chris Burman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Tuesday:
"A major benefit in entering into a partnership with the WLT
is that it is committed to a local focus and being modest in size.
This will allow Brent Knoll Primary School to concentrate on educational
improvement and to share the developmental skills offered by the
added: "WLT have a vision and values very similar to Brent
Knoll Primary School, and there will also be scope for our good
practice to be shared with WLT."
will be no visual changes at Brent Knoll Primary School, with the
school's identity (uniform and school logo) being retained. Year
6 pupils will still continue to transfer to The King Alfred School,
but there will also be an opportunity, from 2020, for the Year 6s
to make the choice to transfer to Hugh Sexey Middle School's Year
Mackay, Chair of Governors, added: "This is a great opportunity
for all pupils and staff at Brent Knoll Primary School, and bearing
in mind the current political context, allows us to be in full control
of our future direction."
will hopefully be some modest financial economies of joining the
MAT, with direct revenue funding from the Government's Education
& Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), along with access to capital
grant funds for building improvements, which have been minimal in
recent times from the County Council."