Consultation to convert to Academy status and join Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust (formerly Carmel Education Trust)
Many of you will recall that in December 2019 Bishop Robert announced the revised Diocesan Academy Policy with the aim that all Diocesan schools will become academies within one of four Diocesan education trusts by July 2022.
We are now in the unusual position as schools, where we are all trying to establish a “new normal” for our children, families and staff as a result of the Coronavirus. It is both the view of the Diocese and our Governing Body that the plans to join the Trust should continue, and in many ways this is brought into even sharper focus by the pandemic situation, in that by being part of a Multi Academy Trust we are better able to jointly plan and work together to support our children, families and staff during these unprecedented and challenging times.
Underpinning the Diocesan Academy Policy is the desire and need to ensure the promotion, preservation, protection and future development of Catholic education within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. The Catholic Trust model will ensure that the uniqueness of each individual school is celebrated and the unique contribution of each is recognised and appreciated. It will also mean that no individual school will be left isolated or vulnerable in a rapidly changing and complex environment. The aim is also to facilitate greater sharing, adding strength and capacity to the system and ensuring that all schools are supported.
Our Governing Body’s priority remains to enable the school to continue to provide an excellent Catholic education for our children, whilst continuing to be at the heart of our community.
Therefore, in line with Diocesan policy, our Governing Body has decided to consult with parents, carers, staff and other stakeholders, on whether each school should become an academy and join the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust.
We are therefore commencing formal consultation today, Monday 14th September 2020, for a period of four school term weeks. Consultation will therefore end at 3pm on Friday 9th October 2020.
For further information please view or download the Letter to Parents (sent 14th September 2020) below:
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