Werrington Primary School -Academy Orders Received June 2017
I am able to give you an update regarding the progress made towards forming a Multi Academy Trust. On June 6th the Department for Education - Regional Schools Commissioner Headteacher Board met to consider our Academy Conversion application along with the other Proposed Soke Education Trust schools namely Wittering Primary School and John Clare Primary School. In addition to this the proposed Soke Education Trust Sponsor Application was also considered in respect of Gunthorpe Primary School. I am now able to confirm that the DFE have issued an Academy Order to enable WPS to formally proceed with the conversion process. I am also able to share that the Department for Education considers the Soke Education Trust to be an appropriate organisation to sponsor an academy which means that Gunthorpe will be part of the Soke Education Trust. This Head Teacher Board was the first board since the General Election and Purdah (the official pre-election period between the election announcement and final results which places restrictions of civil servants) and we were delighted to hear of the positive outcome. We are working to a conversion date of November 1st 2017 and I will provide you with an update in the new school year. The opportunities for collaboration and professional development that will be made possible through the Trust will benefit all pupils and we are incredibly excited about the possibilities for our future working together.