Carre’s Grammar School governors are bidding to convert from a single academy to Multi-Academy status.
The Sleaford school launched a consultation process with parents, pupils, staff and other stakeholders last Thursday. Setting up on its own initially it would create the oppunity for other schools to join it.
With the town expected to grow in the future, the school’s vision is for there to be a co-educational establishment on a new site with world class facilities within a selective setting. The school’s sixth form became co-educational in 2010 and this has convinced the school to become completely co-educational to more closely mirror ‘real life’, said head teacher Nick Law.
Creating a multi-academy trust is the first step in that vision.
Headteacher Nick Law explained that schools deemed as ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ by watchdog Ofsted, are now expected to take the lead in providing support and collaborating with other schools to improve learning opportunities for young people.
Mr Law said: “We are creating this to give the opportunity to assist with back office functions and economies of scale.
“If we become a multi-academy trust it will support a wider network of schools. I think the primary schools in particular would benefit as they are smaller, with tighter budgets and we can offer IT and learning support while learning from each other.”
The consultation period will run until January 30 and Carre’s could be a Multi-Academy Trust by September 1. You are invited to submit comments by email to: consulta firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school will need to obtain permission to change status from the Secretary of State for Education by setting out a business plan.
The school has just announced plans to create up to seven more classrooms and reconfigure others at a cost of around £700,000. Subject to planning approval in the New Year, the project would take up to 18 months to create more space for the growing sixth form by building an extra storey on top of the existing two-storey technology block. The additional rooms would be built off site and then lowered into place.
Mr Law said: “In my time here we have grown by 20 per cent from just less than 700 pupils to 820 now. We are bulging at the seams.
“We cannot expand outwards so we are looking to go upwards. A level history, maths, physics and chemistry are all requiring more space and we want to reduce class sizes.”
The project would not go ahead without funding from the Department of Education and a bid has been submitted.