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Castle Rock High School, Newbridge High School and Broom Leys Junior School have begun the formal consultation process for the formation of a new multi-academy trust.

This Partnership will be called the ‘Apollo Partnership Trust’

Formation

The Governing Body’s priority is to enable each school to continue to provide an excellent education for our children while protecting the school’s role at the heart of our community and retaining its unique qualities and strengths.  We recognise that the role of local authorities in supporting schools is diminishing and that it is Government policy to encourage effective schools to become Academies.

The Governing Body’s believe that the best way of driving standards even further forward is to form  a Partnership.

The partnership would be a ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ (MAT) and each school would become equal members of the trust.  The partnership would be known as the Apollo Partnership Trust but each school would keep its own name.

The governors are proud of each School, their students and staff and are keen to see each school continue to develop and grow stronger. Working in partnership is essential to this process, forming a MAT is a formal partnership of schools, all with unique identities and features, working within a single Trust. Through a MAT we can collaborate with, learn from, and support other schools. Collaborative working in a MAT offers many benefits for students and staff; sharing best practice in teaching and learning, curriculum collaboration, extra-curricular opportunities, staff development, finance and human resources, legal services, school improvement structures and governance arrangements. We also believe that by working together we can make our budgets go further and help keep school funding focused on teaching and learning.

In forming a MAT the schools would retain their unique identities whilst sharing some governance arrangements and some support functions such as finance, HR and maintenance. Together we would set up the vision and values underpinning the MAT and the governance structure behind it. In the future there may be other schools that wish to join the MAT, however this will only take place where values are aligned and there is a clear benefit to the MAT as a whole, and our schools.

Ultimate responsibility for the schools in the MAT lies with the Trust Board of Governors which would combine the skills and experience necessary for success with each individual school continuing to have its own local governing board providing the day to day support and challenge for the leadership of the schools.

It is important to emphasise that formation and development of a MAT would be underpinned by our total commitment to maintain and enhance the outstanding work at the schools within the MAT. Our ethos and our standards remain unchanged but our vision is to work with other schools to form a MAT that is rooted in our local community and offers the provisions to enhance the educational opportunities for students and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the name Apollo Partnership Trust?

Apollo was the ancient God of knowledge. As the MAT will be a partnership of good academies we all wanted this to be included in the name. It would have been unwise to use a name such as ‘Coalville’ in case a school should wish to join in the future, that is outside of Coalville. Changing the name at a later date involves additional costs legally and changing various official documents, bank accounts, stationery, publicity material etc.

What is a Multi-Academy Trust?
A Multi-Academy Trust is a collection of schools (not necessarily in the same phase) who work together in a single Trust. The MAT is responsible for each of the academies/schools within the trust. Our trust board would be made up from governors from the schools in our partnership and other trustees specifically recruited for their skills. A MAT is directly funded by and accountable to the Department for Education. The Schools are still part of the community and serve children and families in a particular area and retain the same responsibilities as any school as part of the learning community. The Trust is accountable for all of the schools that are a part of it, and through Schemes of Delegation decide which powers are retained by the Trust and which are delegated to individual schools.

Would the admissions arrangements change?
The school’s admissions arrangements are set by the Local Authority, and the LA also decides which pupils should be offered places at our schools. We are committed to these principles and the current admission arrangements would remain in place.

Will our schools change?
We want to continue to be great schools where every child is valued. We therefore do not intend to change except in ways we think will improve the schools even more. For children, it is unlikely that they would see much, if any, change in their day-to-day school lives

What would the changes mean for staff?
Staff would not notice significant changes in their everyday working lives. They already experience and champion the benefits of partnership work and that would not only continue but grow.
Has the Department for Education or the Local Authority put pressure on the schools to form the Multi-Academy Trust?
Absolutely not. This is an initiative taken by the Governing Body of each school after careful consideration.

Would other schools join us and who would make the decision on if additional schools join us?
Any decision on additional schools joining our group would be made by the Board of Trustees. We would expect other schools to join as time goes on and any school that joins us would be expected to abide by our vision & ethos and governance structure and to fully contribute to and learn from the other schools.

Would the schools have to change their names?
No, schools would retain their names. What would the group of schools (the Trust) be called? The Trust would be called The Apollo Partners hip Trust.
The trust vision would build on our core ethos and values –we would maintain and strengthen our focus on innovation, high expectations and inclusion.

Who runs a MAT?
The Board of Directors runs the MAT.
The current HeadTeachers will contribute to the leadership of the whole group under the leadership of the Board of Trustees. The MAT structure will be published later in the consultation process. Each school would continue to have its own Local Governing Body (LGB). Above the Local Governing Boards would be The Trust, essentially functioning as one board of Governors overseeing the local boards. They would be the main decision-making group and accountable for all schools within the Trust. The Trust would consist of five Trustees, specifically selected for their skills, tasked with ensuring the m excellence of all schools and delegating powers to.

How can I find out more?
There is more information about MATs on the DfE website
www.gov.uk

Contact

Castle Rock High School
Meadow Lane
Coalville
Leicestershire
LE67 4BR

Telephone: 01530 834368

Newbridge High School
Forest Road
Coalville
Leicestershire
LE67 3SJ

Telephone : 01530 831561

Broom Leys Primary School
Broom Leys Road
Coalville
Leicestershire
LE67 4DB

Telephone: 01530 832234