Knights Academy Public Consultation - October 2018

This is a public consultation about Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy. It is seeking views on changing Knights Academy from an all-through 3 – 18 academy consisting of one secondary site and one primary site to two legally separate schools – one secondary school and one primary school – that work together as a cluster. Although these changes are quite technical in nature and they will only have a limited effect on the character and operations of Knights Academy, DfE guidance requires that a consultation is carried out before making changes of this kind. This document is also consulting about the admissions policies for these schools, as required by the Schools Admissions Code.

 

This consultation will run from Monday 1st October to Monday 16th November.

 

We welcome your feedback. Please use our consultation form to submit your feedback. 

 

Areas of consultation

Reasons for change

Leadership

Each school would have its own legally designated Head teacher. The current Head of Primary would become the legal Head teacher, with legal accountability and responsibility for the primary academy within the all-through cluster. This will give parents clarity about who has the powers and responsibilities of the Head teacher.

Funding

There will be greater clarity about the funding for the primary and secondary school: each would receive its own funding allocation budget, managed by the Head teacher of that school.

Inspection

The Ofsted inspection system better caters to single-phase schools. Making this change would mean that each of the academies within the cluster would have their own inspection. Having separate inspections in our primary and secondary school would mean that inspection reports were able to provide more detail about each school, providing more information about our schools’ performance to staff and parents. The judgements given by Ofsted would apply to each school, rather than being a single judgement for the whole cluster.

Admissions

The primary school will be designated as a feeder school for the secondary school and so children currently in our primaries will still get the secondary place they would have done in the current arrangement. Parents of children in our primary school will have to apply for their child’s secondary place as part of the normal secondary school application process.