28th Oct, 2016

Schools propose trust to protect funding

Evesham Editorial 25th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A NUMBER of Vale schools are proposing to form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) with Prince Henry’s High School in a bold bid to retain control of their finances.

Seven area schools hope to be able to form MAT during the next academic year after they approached Prince Henry’s headteacher Dr Tony Evans.

Ashton under Hill First School, Church Lench CE First School, Cropthorne with Charlton CE First School, Harvington CE First School, St Andrew’s CE First School, St Egwin’s CE Middle School and Swan Lane First School are the schools involved in the


The schools wish to consolidate their existing partnerships and ensure the preservation of the ethos and values of individual


All the schools involved have a shared vision to preserve the ethos and culture that exists, especially in the current educational and financial climate, caused by increasing austerity measures in the education sector.

Dr Evans said detailed discussion has been going on for 12 months and the schools involved were now at a stage where it could be taken forward.

“This will mean the talented and dedicated staff in our area can continue to teach our children without the fear of outside change being forced upon individual schools in the coming years.

“By becoming a Multi Academy Trust, we will be able to achieve an economy of scale, particularly at a time when there are considerable and ongoing pressures on budgets.

“In addition to this, all of the local schools who convert to the Trust will have a much greater control over their finances.”

“Several of my Governors and I have also met with representatives of the Worcester Diocese and they were impressed with

the future proposals.

“The Trust will ensure that the local ethos of all schools, including the Church Schools remain unchanged”.

Carol Kennedy, headteacher of St Egwin’s Middle School said: “As schools we have already been working together for a long


“Becoming a Multi Academy Trust will give us more control over the education of our children, as well as preserving the three tier structure – First, Middle and High School – which has served our pyramid so well.”

The schools have begun a four-week consultation period with parents with the view to convert to Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) status at some point in 2015.

Parents are asked to visit the individual school’s websites for more information.