Becoming an academy
As you are aware, over the last few months we have been having informal discussions with staff, parents, and Wandsworth Borough Council regarding the possibility of converting High View Primary to academy status and joining a multi academy trust (MAT). I am pleased to let you know that the Governors have now passed a resolution to begin a consultation on High View Primary converting to academy status and joining the Ark network on the 1st September 2018.
As a school community we are all committed to raising attainment and progress and I believe that this can and will be achieved with the support of a strong and effective sponsor. We fully believe that joining a high performing academy trust such as Ark will enable us to make rapid improvements and offer transformational opportunities for our pupils – giving our children the best opportunities to succeed in life.
Ark is an international charity whose mission is to transform lives through education. In the UK, Ark runs 35 schools, including nearby Bolingbroke Academy which is rated Good by Ofsted, and for which High View is already a feeder school. Ark exists to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real life choices – and is recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country.
Ark schools are funded by the government in the same way as Local Authority schools - the funding is based on pupil numbers, plus any extras such as Pupil Premium grants. Ark also has a fundraising team, which raises money throughout the year to pay for additional extra-curricular activities, such as art, sports and our network-wide annual Music Gala.
As part of Ark network, our school would benefit from strong links with the wider network. Staff will be able to receive high quality training and support which is recognised as being among the best in the country. Pupils will be able to take part in additional network-wide activities such as competitions, debates and music galas.
We will now begin a consultation with a series of meetings with staff, parents and the broader school community to share information about becoming an Ark academy. We will hold these meetings over the next four weeks to provide everybody with time to meet Ark staff and ask both Ark and the High View school governors any questions you may have about the transition to an Ark academy. We will be holding parent meetings with Ark staff and governors on:
Wednesday 28th February - 9.00am and 5.00pm
Wednesday 28th March - 5.00pm
The consultation period will end on Monday 26th March following which governors will meet to discuss the outcome of the consultation. During the consultation we will also apply to the Regional Schools Commissioner for an Academy Order. We would hope to be able to inform staff about the outcome of the consultation before the Easter break.
This is a very exciting development for our school and I look forward to meeting with you over the coming weeks to discuss our proposal.
Chair of Governors
High View Primary School
There is more information below in the attached documents:
- Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- More information about Ark
- A feedback form (a link to an online version of this form is also available here: Feedback Form ).