Christ Church School was an early convertor to Single Academy Status back in 2012 and as an outstanding popular school, the process was quick. When we converted, we did so on our own, committing to uphold our Christian ethos and identify and taking full responsibility for the administrative, financial and governance aspects of running the school.
There are two parts to managing any school, firstly the day to day experience for our students, staff and families and then secondly the behind-the-scenes aspects; including governance, recruitment, training, health and safety and setting budgets. The schools governing body, or to use their true name ‘the board of trustees’ – have overall responsibility for the school, its staff and the outcomes of all those that attend. The role of the trustee has grown and the pressures placed upon those of us has increased overtime - as has the role of the Headteacher (who is also the CEO) and School Business Manager (CFO).
As a governing body, we have to consider that we need support and capacity, and that as a stand-alone school we need to stand together with others who can support the governing body when needed, and provide protection and resilience moving forward. One issue with governance is finding volunteers with the time and resources to commit to being on the board. Our role as trustees is ultimately to secure a high-quality education for all those that attend Christ Church and to continue this long tradition for future generations.
Having looked at the options around governance, it is our belief that in the interest of all current members of the Christ Church community that we take steps to join an alliance of schools (a MAT – Multi Academy Trust). After meeting prospective partners, we have made the decision to start more formalised discussions with the Diocese of Gloucester's Academy Trust (DGAT).
The governing board believes that joining DGAT will result in more professional development opportunities for staff, which will result in even better educational outcomes for pupils. The school leadership team will be able to focus on teaching and learning as the DGAT central team will support with some of the more time-consuming administrative responsibilities. There will be a robust accountability structure, and a safe and nurturing home for our school which will maximise opportunities for staff now, and in the future.
With this is mind, we will be running a consultation process to invite the views of all stakeholders, details of which can be found within the consultation document below. There will also be an opportunity to question the trustees and the MAT directly as part of a Zoom call at 6pm on Wednesday 26th January, 2022 (further details of this will follow). The consultation process will run until Friday 11th February, 2022
We look forward to hearing your views.
Chair of Governors
Governors Consultation Q&A Session:
The Governors will be hosting a session for all stakeholders to attend (virtually) on Wednesday 26th January. This will also be attended by Mrs Nicki Wadley, representing the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust (DGAT). The details are as follows:
Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 839 7122 3972