Academy Conversion and
Establishing a Multi Academy Trust

As you may be aware, the Government is keen to encourage all schools to become academies and be part of a multi-academy trust, either by joining an existing one or setting up a new one. We believe that our best option is to form our own multi-academy trust with like-minded colleagues as this will enable us to:

  • Establish a structure together with procedures and policies that best suit all of our needs
  • Develop quality-first education to meet the needs of all
  • Protect and retain our individual ethos, identity (including school name), qualities and strengths
  • Enhance the professional development of staff including talent spotting, succession planning and networking
  • Maximise opportunities to support and challenge through a Trust-wide school improvement strategy
  • Retain our local governing boards
  • Give greater financial control to obtain the best value and greatest choice of services by maximising our funding

This following documents provide you with information about the proposed change to academy status and the ‘Multi-Academy Trust’, which seven local schools have established. The schools currently involved are Abbey Hulton Primary School, Etruscan Primary School, Forest Park Primary School, Kemball School, Oakhill Primary School, St Mark’s CE (A) Primary School and Watermill School. The Multi-academy Trust has been named the Orchard Community Trust. Five of the schools have already converted to academies and have joined the trust. We are hoping that St Mark’s will convert by May 1st 2020, along with Etruscan Primary School. Other schools may come on board and join the Orchard Community Trust in the future, subject to agreement of the founding member schools.

Please click on the following links to download and read our proposals:


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