Dawpool CE Primary School Stakeholder Information
Dear Parents / Carers,
At a recent Governing body meeting, the Diocese of Chester provided information to the Board of Governors on the Diocese’s Multi-Academy Trust (Chester Diocesan Academies Trust – CDAT), which is being offered to schools within the Diocese who wish to take advantage of an Academy model.
As a consequence of the national picture and continued debate and growth of academies in England, the Board of Governors have decided to now look more closely into whether an academy model would be in the best interests of the children, teachers and staff at Dawpool CE Primary School. The Governors are keen that Dawpool CE Primary School have full control of when and how they go forward with academy status, without pressure from Government departments. As one of a number of Church schools currently considering academy status, Governors consider that joining CDAT now will be a positive step for the school.
As a Church school, we embrace any opportunity to strengthen our links with the Diocese of Chester, which we would do as an academy within the Trust. The Diocese already work closely with Dawpool CE Primary School and have provided high-quality support in areas such as governance, school improvement etc. Becoming an academy would give us increased access to this support from a partner that we know and for whom we share a common Christian ethos. CDAT have received significant interest from other schools across the Diocese who would like to join the Trust, demand has been high especially from those schools that are judged to be Good or Outstanding. Strengthening our partnerships with these schools would have clear benefits for Dawpool CE Primary School and the additional support available through a Trust model would be an advantage of becoming an academy.
Advantages of Academy Status
In addition to the advantages mentioned above, as Governors and Headteacher of Dawpool CE Primary School we believe that the opportunity to work with new partners and schools, working together to ensure standards across the Trust are consistently high, is an exciting new proposition. However, we will continue to actively work with all local schools and current partners, ensuring the best of both worlds. CDAT has made it clear that academy status will not change all the things that work so well for our school.
Disadvantages of Academy Status
As an academy, there are a number of additional responsibilities placed on the school in terms of financial management and reporting. It is expected that on a day-to-day basis the pupils and their parents and carers, teachers and staff will not notice the difference when we become an academy. There will however be additional workloads for members of staff in the school office. CDAT recognise the additional pressures and will provide the school with a significant amount of support from specialists who will be able to pick up the majority of this additional work.
Questions and Feedback
We know that the debate around academies has been predominant in recent times and we would like to make sure that the entire school community has had an opportunity to ask questions about what academy status means for Dawpool CE Primary School. We are therefore holding a meeting whereby we would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about academy status. The meetings will be held as follows:
Virtual Drop-in Q&A Session Monday 24th January 2022
Staff Meeting 4.00pm
Parent/Carer meeting 5:30pm Click the link below to join meeting or copy and paste this link into your web browser:
Meeting ID: 847 2919 6156
We have included some additional information on the website:
- An outline of the CDAT Vision (information also available at cdat.co.uk)
- A Frequently Asked Questions Document
- Feedback form
Finally, we would like to thank you for your continued support of Dawpool CE Primary School. We believe that we have a truly wonderful school here and we are committed to ensuring we provide the very best for our family.
Chair of Governors