Academy Update

• St Mary's Catholic Primary School began formal consultation with parents and other stakeholders on 10th June 2016

• An information evening was held on 20th June 2016

• The initial consultation period ran until 8th July 2016

• There were 25 queries raised by stakeholders

• Governors decided to extend the consultation period as the majority of queries raised had requested further time to consider the proposal.

• The consultation period was extended until 6th September 2016, providing all stakeholders 12 weeks to consider the proposal

• There were 4 further queries raised during the extended consultation period

• Governors met on 12th September 2016 and after careful consideration, unanimously agreed to proceed with the application to convert to an Academy Trust

• An Academy Order was granted by the Department for Education

• Winckworth Sherwood were appointed as our Solicitors

• The Maritime Trust were engaged to work with the school to advise of the process and work involved

• TUPE consultation began with staff on 19th April 2017

• No issues were raised from staff

• A new Academy Trust was formed on 10th May 2017

• The planned conversion date is 1st July 2017

If you have any queries or wish to find out more information about the Academy then please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Paul Drake, via email at