Seven Local Authority schools in Kings Heath and Moseley are considering forming a multi-academy trust (MAT). We love our distinctive community schools and are proud that they are all rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.
Leaving the Local Authority would be an irreversible decision. It is important for current and future generations to ensure the right decision is made.
We’d like the schools to answer these questions:
What are the advantages of forming a multi-academy trust for:
- Pupils’ educational experience and results?
- School finances and money for pupils?
- Staff pay, conditions and retention?
- Accountability to parents and the wider community?
- Protection from takeover by an academy chain?
- Admissions for children with additional needs?
- Protecting community land and assets for future generations?
Why not await the implications of the highly critical cross-party Education Committee Inquiry into multi-academy trusts before making this major decision?
Before any decision is made to apply to become a multi-academy trust, we would like the schools to consult with parents, staff and the community in a meaningful manner, including holding an open meeting to explain why becoming part of a multi-academy trust is better than staying Local Authority schools.
Please explore our website to find out more and read our FAQs to see why this matters.
We are also running a repeat of our very successful public information evening with the same speakers as last time, but this time in Balsall Heath on the 5th April, in order to share information with the wider community. If you were unable to attend the meeting in January, this is a second chance to find out more about what the issues are with the schools’ proposals and to ask any questions you may have. We will also be discussing how best to respond to the schools’ draft proposal. We hope to see you next week and please spread the word to as many people as you can!