Frequently Asked Questions
Will it cost money to convert to an academy?
There will be legal fees associated with the conversion but a grant from the Department for Education will cover these expenses.
How much money will be wasted on changing the school’s name and uniform?
The consultation document states that the name and uniform will not change.
What is the Local Authority’s view?
Norfolk has set out that officers should work with school leaders to forge strong, collaborative and local leadership through the formation of local partnerships such as federations and multi academy trusts.
Why is the school considering this?
As stated in the consultation document, the school is currently in a very strong position but the educational landscape is changing rapidly and our concern is that the school will become isolated. The expectation of the Government is that all schools will become academies, work together and support one another.
Will the school holidays change?
As is current practice, the school will liaise with our partner schools before setting the term dates.
Under the new trust, will the Governors have a paid role?
No. The Governors and Directors will not be paid for fulfilling this aspect of their role.
Have the Governors looked in detail at other academy schools in the Norwich area to see how they have performed since converting to academy status?
Naturally the school reviews its own performance against other schools and the Department for Education benchmarks against similar schools. Academies in the local area such as Hellesdon High School, Wymondham College and Notre Dame High School are all high performing schools both pre and post conversion.
Will any land be sold for development?
No land will be sold for development.
Why convert to academy status when the latest Ofsted report was Outstanding?
Academisation is not just about failing schools. Many of Norfolk’s top performing schools are academies.
We are assessing how we can best retain all the ethos, values and successes we currently enjoy and academisation is an option to consider.
What assurances can you give that the standard and quality of teaching staff will not be reduced or lowered under an academy?
As is the case now, standards and quality are constantly reviewed and will be no different whether the school is an academy or not.
Which companies have shown an interest in running the Multi Academy Trust?
The school will become a converter academy, not a sponsored academy. Therefore, no external sponsors or companies would be involved.
Will the Governing Body be reduced with fewer/no parent or teacher representatives?
Parental, community and staff representation will stay the same.
How would choices around the curriculum work?
As is current practice, the curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of our students. This strategy will not change.
Will you listen to the majority of parents and the community’s views?
All views and questions will be passed to Governors for consideration. A decision will be taken in the best interests of the future of the school and its students.
What happens if major changes occur that put the future of academies in question?
The strategy for the school will continue to be monitored and assessed accordingly, taking into account external influences.
Could you confirm that the free transport currently provided will remain unchanged?
The responsibility for providing transport to schools remains with Norfolk County Council. This requirement remains unchanged irrespective of the school’s status.