Academy Conversion

The Governing Body of Swannington Church of England Primary School is proposing our school converts to academy status within the Oval Learning Trust, whose other schools are Oakthorpe Primary School, Albert Village Primary School and Viscount Beaumont’s Church of England Primary School.  We would be grateful for your views.  More information about what this means for Swannington and for our children can be downloaded below.  Please do let us know what you think about whether our school should become an Academy within the Oval Learning Trust.

Governors have been considering this option for some time, against the context of changes to the way in which schools are organised and supported, a reduction in services from the local authority as their budgets are cut, and because we see benefits in developing a new way forward.  We are choosing to make this proposal as a positive way forward for our school which will enable us to continue to improve the opportunities we provide for our children.  

Making this change now means that we can choose how we want our school to develop.  In particular it will enable our staff to work closely with those in other schools to support each other and as a result of economies of scale that flow from combined purchasing, will bring benefits to teaching and learning and thus to your child’s achievement. But you and your children will see little visible difference when we become an academy.  We will still be called Swannington Church of England Primary School.  The school uniform will not change and we will not change term dates or the school’s admissions policies.  All children and members of staff will continue to be part of the school as they are now.  We hope that you will continue to give the Governors and the staff your support.

The Multi Academy Trust includes Church and Community Schools, however is approved by the Leicester Diocese Board of Education. I would like to reassure parents that our proposal ensure our vision continues to be in line with The Church of England’s vison of education for the common good of the whole community and its environment.    

We are holding a meeting in school on date at time where we will say a little more about what this proposal means for our school.  All parents, carers and members of the local community are welcome to come along to find out more and to ask questions at on Open Meeting at 5pm – 6pm on Thursday 26th January.  If you have any questions or comments about this proposal please email us or write to Roger Cairns, Chair of Governors, at the school.