Kinson Primary School became an autonomous academy (under the Bournemouth Septenary Umbrella Trust) on 1/12/15.
Company Name: Kinson Primary School; Registered number: 09874674
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We collaborate with six other local primary schools as part of The Bournemouth Septenary Trust.
On Monday 1st June, four weeks of formal consultation began. During this period we consulted with parents, pupils, staff and the wider community about our wish for the Bournemouth Septenary Trust to become an Academy Umbrella Trust.
Kinson Primary's aim is to forge an even closer relationship with our fellow Bournemouth Septenary Schools to share expertise, resources, learning opportunities and look at ways to become even better schools and to strengthen and develop the trust over the years to come.
There were no objections to the proposed academy conversion and on Wednesday 15th July 2015, Governors voted to go ahead with the conversion.
More information will be posted on this page when we return to school in the autumn.
Bournemouth Septenary Trust Academy Consultation: Frequently Asked Questions
SECTION 1: Academies
What is an Academy?
Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a local authority but their funding and accountability is directly with the DfE (Department for Education).
SECTION 2: The Bournemouth Septenary Trust
Why is the School proposing to become an Academy?
Academies take with them a portion of the money held by the Local Authority to run central support services to schools. These central funds have diminished to such an extent in Bournemouth that the Council can no longer provide many of these services and Bournemouth Local Education Board have asked schools to consider converting to academies.
We believe the advantages of being an academy include:
Freedom to develop the curriculum for our particular children
As an academy we will have greater financial control
Greater freedom to address school priorities
What is the Bournemouth Septenary Trust (BST)?
The BST works as an umbrella trust. An umbrella trust is a group of schools or academies that decide to work together under an overarching charitable trust. Each school establishes an academy trust to run each of the schools coming under the 'umbrella'.
How will the Bournemouth Septenary Trust work?
It is proposed that each School will convert and form a single autonomous Academy Trust, within the Bournemouth Septenary Trust (an umbrella trust), with its own founding Members and Directors (Governors) with educational and other relevant business experience drawn from the local community.
The Governing Body will become the board of directors and will, alongside the Headteacher, continue to be responsible for the budget and performance of the school.
Each governing body/board of directors would continue to have parent, staff, and community representation as it does now.
School improvement support comes through a genuine partnership of schools in the Bournemouth Septenary Trust working collaboratively to realise benefits for all the schools. Each school will continue to have its own Headteacher responsible for ensuring that the Governors’ strategic plan is followed.
The benefit of each School converting to an autonomous Academy is that each Governing Body will be able to preserve the individual ethos, character and good practices of each School, whilst working collaboratively, as equals, to support each other, share expertise, achieve best value for the schools and seek to embed the best educational provision for all of our children and continually improve and challenge the provision in each academy.
The Bournemouth Septenary Trust will be an umbrella trust and will have its own Members and Directors. They will be responsible and accountable for implementing the school improvement and educational benefits contained in the Trust’s business plan across all schools.
Why have you chosen an umbrella trust approach rather than a Multi-Academy Trust?
The umbrella trust provides flexibility and autonomy for each of the 7 schools under it building on the existing strong collaboration. The schools will be able to decide what areas of work they want to collaborate on with the other schools and so will be better able to meet the needs of their pupils, staff and community. The Multi-Academy Trust model does not offer that degree of flexibility or autonomy.
Is it possible that other Schools could join the in the umbrella trust in future?
Yes other Schools could join with the consent of the founding Schools. The intention is that the Trust would remain a small local trust dedicated to improving the quality of education provision in the local area.
When will the School become an Academy?
We would expect that the process will take 4-6 months, work is underway and the planned conversion date is 1 November 2015.
Why is there a consultation?
The Academies Act 2010 requires the school or to consult “such persons as they think appropriate” on whether the school should become an academy. Irrespective of the legal duty the Governors of the school would not wish to take such a significant decision on the future of the School without consulting with our parents, staff and community.
Does the school need agreement from the Local Authority to become an Academy?
No. The Academies Act 2010 has removed the need for the Local Authority to approve plans for the school to become an Academy.
What form of relationship will exist between the Local Authority and the school?
This is for individual Academies to determine – there is no statutory requirement for any formal relationship between Local authorities and Academies. Academies are directly funded and accountable to central government (Department for Education and the Education funding Agency). The Local Authority retains statutory duties for aspects of Special Educational Needs, admissions coordination and provision of home-to-school transport. Local Authorities are also expected to play a key strategic role locally in areas such as pupil place planning, admissions and sharing good practice.
However, we have very good relation with Bournemouth Borough Council and other neighbouring schools and will continue to work with them in a spirit of co-operation after conversion if Governors decide this is the best course of action.
Will the school change its name and uniform as some Academies have done?
No. The school will not change its name or uniform after it becomes an academy.
Are Academies subject to the same Ofsted, and in the case of church schools SIAMS, inspection regime?
Yes, Schools converting to Academies will continue to be inspected in the normal way.
SECTION 3: Staff Issues
Does the school have to hold consultation with staff?
Under employment legislation the Local Authority (as the current employer) will need to conduct a TUPE* consultation with all staff (both teaching and non -teaching) and the relevant unions as part of the staff transfer process. (*TUPE = Transfer of Undertaking – Protection of Employment)
Can the school alter teachers’ pay and conditions?
The terms and conditions of staff are protected on transfer under by the TUPE regulations. Academies do have the freedom to vary terms and conditions from national ones but the Trust does not have any plans to do this.
If the school becomes an Academy, who takes responsibility for the pension arrangements?
Teachers working in an academy fall within the scope of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), just as if they were employed in a Local Authority maintained school. Non-teaching staff at schools are able to join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) administered by Dorset County Council. Employees will pay the same rate as at present under both schemes, subject to any nationally imposed changes.
How will the TUPE process work and what specific responsibilities does the school have?
The current employer is responsible for informing and consulting staff. The Academy Trust is responsible for informing the employer of any ‘measures’ which will impact on their employment.
There are none planned in this case. The Academy Trust writes to each member of staff confirming that they will transfer under existing terms and conditions.
SECTION 4: Finance
Will we get more money as an Academy?
Academies receive the same amount of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the Local Authority as a maintained school plus an additional ‘Education Services Grant’ to reflect funding held centrally by Local Authorities. The Government is clear that becoming an Academy should not bring about a financial advantage or disadvantage to a school. However, academies do have greater freedom to decide how they use their entire budget.
SECTION 5: Admissions
Will becoming an Academy affect our admissions arrangements?
When a school becomes an Academy it also becomes an admission authority responsible for its own admission arrangements (Voluntary Aided church schools are already responsible for their own admission arrangements). As the school is converting to an Academy Trust – the Kinson Primary School Trust will be the admissions authority.
Although the Trust will be responsible for admissions it will fully co-operate with the local education authority and are part of the unified admissions process. This means that parents and carers only need to complete one application form within Bournemouth when they include any Bournemouth Septenary Trust Schools alongside any maintained schools. Parents/carers will be given the offer of a single school place.
In the same way as maintained schools, all academies and their schools are required to adopt clear and fair admission arrangements in line with the admissions law and the School Admissions Code.
Who is responsible for setting any catchment areas when a school converts to become an Academy?
The Academy Trust is its own admission authority. That means that it becomes responsible for its own admissions arrangements. If the School has a catchment area, on conversion it retains that catchment area unless it decides to change it. The LA cannot change an Academy’s catchment area even if it has previously done so when the school was a maintained school. Any change of catchment area by a school must follow a strict procedure including consultation within a given timeframe.
Will Academies have to be a part of the annual coordinated admissions scheme? E.g. when the LA needs to find places for families relocating to the area etc.
Yes - Academy Funding Agreements require them to be in local coordination. That means although the academy will apply its own admission arrangements, the LA will send out offers of places. The Local Authority in Bournemouth also coordinates admissions for in-year applications and applications for year groups other than the normal point(s) of entry. This will not affect the Academy’s right to determine which applicants have priority for admission. Academies are also required through their Funding Agreements to participate in local fair access protocols which help to ensure that no child is without a school place.
Can new Academies decide to bring in academic selection?
No, there will be no expansion of selection. Schools which already select some or all of their pupils may continue to do so when they become Academies, but schools becoming Academies cannot decide to become newly selective schools.
SECTION 6: Other issues including Special Education Needs
Will our responsibilities in relation to Special Educational Needs and exclusions change?
No. Responsibilities as an Academy in relation to Special Educational Needs and exclusions will be just the same as they are now as a maintained school.
Can a child with a statement of Special Educational Needs nominate an academy as their school of choice?
Yes. These arrangements and related processes must at all times comply with the School Admissions Code and responsibilities as an Academy in relation to Special Educational Needs will be just the same as they are now as a maintained school.
Does becoming an Academy change the way in which exclusions are dealt with?
Academies are required by their Funding Agreement to follow the law and guidance on exclusions as if they were maintained schools. This includes reporting exclusions to the Local authority. However, Academies do not have to consult the Local Authority before deciding to exclude a pupil and they can arrange their own independent appeals panel.
SECTION 7: Further Information
How do I find out more about the proposals?
Come along to the consultation meeting being held at the School on:
Parents meeting 1 – Wednesday 10th June, 2.15pm
Parents meeting 2 – Wednesday 10th June, 6.00pm
The meetings will take place in the School Hall and last approximately 1 hour.
A separate meeting is being arranged for all staff at the School.
These meetings will be an opportunity for you to find out more and ask questions.