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PROSPECTIVE SHERBORNE AREA SCHOOLS’ TRUST SEEKS MEMBERS AND TRUSTEES
The Governing Bodies of schools in the Sherborne Schools’ Partnership have been reviewing the best strategy for the future of their schools. Therefore, with the prospect of an exciting collaboration to form a new Multi-Academy Trust in Sherborne and surrounding area, we are inviting expressions of interest from a variety of individuals in the local community with a wide-range of skills and expertise. These may include strategic leadership, business management, finance, law or educational improvement.
The potential establishment of a new charitable trust, the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust, will comprise 6 members and 12 trustees who will provide committed governance to support and develop the excellent education already enjoyed by all our students, whilst preserving each school’s unique qualities and strengths.
The schools participating are Buckland Newton CEVC Primary, St Andrews CEVC Primary (Yetminster), Sherborne Primary, Sherborne Abbey CEVC Primary, Sherborne Learning Centre (Pupil Referral Unit), St Mary's CEVC Primary (Bradford Abbas), Thornford CEVA Primary and The Gryphon School.
Why not join us and make a real difference to securing even better opportunities and outcomes for children from all backgrounds living in North and West Dorset and South Somerset.
Further details are available from Nigel Rees, Chair of Project Steering and Interim Board, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephoning 01935 810101 for an information pack containing our mission statement and role profile.
Expressions of interest comprising of 2 x A4 sides and your CV to be submitted to Nigel Rees by Monday 17th October 2016.
Sherborne Area School’s Trust
The Governing Bodies of the Sherborne Schools’ Partnership have been reviewing the best strategy for the future of our Schools. The priority is to enable every School to continue to provide an excellent education for all our students while protecting the School’s role at the heart of our community, along with our unique qualities and strengths.
Following careful consideration, the Governing Body believes that there are a number of key benefits of becoming part of a new local primary/secondary multi academy trust. The schools that have chosen to be involved are Buckland Newton CEVC Primary, St Andrews CEVC Primary (Yetminster), Sherborne Primary, Sherborne Abbey CEVC Primary, Sherborne Learning Centre (Pupil Referral Unit), St Mary's CEVC Primary (Bradford Abbas), Thornford CEVA Primary and The Gryphon School.
Being part of a new multi academy trust will allow us to further strengthen the links between our schools in order to support continuity of education from 0-19 within our community. The Sherborne Schools’ Partnership has worked closely together for many years to provide an excellent education for our young people, and so to collaborate more closely is an exciting prospect, particularly as academies also have greater flexibility in delivering the curriculum.
The opportunities include developing our provision, sharing best practice, being more creative in our curriculum, enabling further development of our teachers/staff and taking collective responsibility for all of the children’s development and progress. There is also more freedom on how we spend our funding and we would be able to explore opportunities for financial efficiency, determining for ourselves which services and providers we will buy into to provide outstanding provision for our children.
The SAST mission is:
What we value – Our ethos
The Sherborne Schools Partnership (SSP)
In September 2009 the schools in the Sherborne Pyramid agreed to call this group the Sherborne Schools Partnership (SSP). It has operated as a soft federation. The Sherborne Pyramid comprises All Saints Primary School (Bishops Caundle), Buckland Newton CE Primary School, St Andrew’s CE Primary School (Yetminster), St Mary’s CE VC Primary School (Bradford Abbas), Sherborne Primary School, The Abbey CE VA Primary School, Thornford CE VA Primary School, Trent Young’s Endowed CE VA Primary School and The Gryphon School, Sherborne. The Sherborne Learning Centre is also a member of this group. Milborne Port Primary School has participated in the group since 2011 as the numbers joining The Gryphon from there are high. The Gryphon School took academy status on 1 August 2012.
Collectively we provide education for around 3,000 students across North and West Dorset as well as South Somerset. The pyramid has had high parent preference admission applications particular to the west of the catchment area and from surrounding Somerset areas.
All the individual schools within the Pyramid have been very successful. Existing links within and between Key Stages are good. Transition arrangements are well embedded and outstanding. There are and have been many examples of close working between specific schools and clusters of schools. All the schools have a strong commitment to high standards and provide a caring and safe environment for learning and personal development. All the schools have a friendly atmosphere with positive relationships between students and staff. There are high expectations of behaviour, thinking about others and good manners.
Since 2014 there have been on-going informal discussions about options for more formal partnerships including academies and trust establishment. In 2015 external advisors were engaged to provide guidance and support. Individually schools also explored options, including attending events organised by the Diocese of Salisbury and others. Since May 2015 Lock House Consulting has provided external independent guidance and support. There have been intensive workshops, SWOT analysis and the sharing of values leading to a Memorandum of Understanding being established and agreed by all schools. A Project Steering and Interim Board was set up in January 2016 to lead the development work and detailed planning and preparation phase. Three schools have chosen not to be involved at this stage – one has chosen to join the Diocesan MAT and one has continued to attend meeting but formal resolutions/decisions are awaited.
Proposed Governance Structure
Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust - Member and Trustee Job Descriptions DRAFT
Member Overall purpose
Members have an overarching responsibility for the viability and performance of the Academy Trust through the appointment of trustees and approval of the annual report. They have the power to amend the Articles of Association that govern the way the Trust is constituted and managed.
Main duties and responsibilities
Expected time commitment – 2 meetings per year
Trustee Overall purpose
Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction, broad policy framework and oversight of the Trust and all its schools. They take decisions that are in the best interests the MAT as a whole and are not representative of any one of the constituent academies. The Trustees are also Directors of the Academy which is a company limited by guarantee and registered as such at Companies House.
Main duties and responsibilities
Expected time commitment – 6 Board meetings per year plus committees
*Trustees appointed by the Diocese are required to provide prescribed reports to the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education.