Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Decision Day: Nettleham Infants School Governors to Discuss Academy Status

The Governor's of Nettleham Infants' School, on All Saints Lane, will today consider if they should pursue moving to Academy Status.

An academy is a school that is directly funded by central government (specifically, the Department for Education) and independent of control by local government in England. An academy may receive additional support from personal or corporate sponsors, either financially or in kind. They must meet the National Curriculum core subject requirements and are subject to inspection by Ofsted.

Academies are established in a way that is intended to be 'creative' and 'innovative' in order to give them the freedoms considered necessary to deal with the long-term issues they are intended to solve. 

In terms of their governance, academies are established as companies limited by guarantee with a governing body that acts as a Trust. The governors also act as the Trust's Board of Directors (they are legally, but not financially, accountable for the operation of the academy). The Trust serves as the legal entity which the school is part of, and the governing body oversees the running of the school (although the day to day management of the school is, as in most schools, conducted by the principal and their senior management team, who are appointed by the sponsor).

Should the governing body decide to pursue Academy status then a consultation will begin with parents and the wider, local community to canvass their views. This will finish on Saturday, 21st April 2012.

The consultation will now take place between Tuesday, 17th April and conclude on Friday, 25th May.

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