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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

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Academy Conversion

Following our Academy Consultation programme in June 2016 the Full Governing Body unanimously voted in favour on Monday 4th July 2016 to move ahead to convert our school to become an Academy as part of a community based multi-academy trust.  The formal resolution passed by the Governing Body is given below. 

The Governing body seeks to establish a community based formal partnership which will benefit all in our learning community.  This would be a cross-phase model involving both primary and secondary schools, working together to better the life chances of our young people.    An academy is a state funded independent school.  It is independent of the Local Authority.  Within Cheshire East, 20 out of 25 secondary schools have already established academy status.  The Governing Body believer that academy status will bring many benefits, not least:

  • Increased opportunities for students
  • Increased opportunities for staff
  • Increased awareness and skill of governance
  • Increased leadership opportunities
  • Increased capacity benefits
  • Shared intellectual property
  • Increased quality of teaching & learning

The Governing Body believe there could potentially be many practical benefits associated with formal partnership work in this way, for example the possibilities of:

  • Joint Occupational Health contracts with an OH Officer (return to work interviews, stress risk assessments, pregnant worker risk assessments, lone worker risk assessments, etc)
  • Joint Staffing Insurance (absence/supply insurance, maternity leave insurance, shared parental leave insurance, private medical cover, staff access to counselling, staff access to out of hours medical care, staff access to physiotherapy, etc)
  • Joint Human Resources contract with an HR Officer (mediation, staffing legalities, employment law, Pay & Conditions, Pay Policies, Staffing Policies, etc)
  • Joint Grounds Contract with a partnership Grounds Maintenance Officer
  • Joint ICT Technician capacities with partnership ICT Technicians
  • Joint ICT purchasing abilities
  • Joint administration facilities, i.e. Partnership Administration Team (each school with core staff backed up by a central administration team)
  • Joint Health and Safety Officer (CLEAPPS, H&S Risk Assessments, etc)
  • Joint Governance Training Programme in order to increase effectiveness of governance
  • Joint commissioning of support services, e.g. Counsellor, CAMHs, Early Intervention Worker, Learner Mentors, Learner Tutors, Health Worker.
  • Joint Family Support Worker
  • Possible central finance systems, auditing, officers (e.g. School Fund, Charity Accounts, etc)

As we move with our application the possible model that we are using as the basis for strategic discussion is given below.  Ultimately the date that the Governing Body is working towards is 1st January 2017.  If you have any questions regarding our process towards becoming an academy please e-mail us at academyconsultation@phs.cheshire.sch.uk