MAT Consultation: Rugby High School is consulting about forming a MAT.
Consultation on a proposal to establish a multi-academy trust: The Rugby Co-operative Learning Trust
As you are aware, Rugby High School is an academy. It is supported by the Rugby High School Academy Trust. It is proposed that the academy trust will convert to a co-operative multi-academy trust (MAT), meaning that it can support more than one academy school.
It is also proposed that The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College will convert to become an academy and join the MAT.
Subject to the outcomes of the consultation and appropriate approvals being obtained, it is proposed that the Rugby Co-operative Learning Trust would be operational from1st January 2018.
What will becoming a MAT mean for Rugby High School?
Currently Rugby High School is supported by its own academy trust, the Rugby High School Academy Trust. If the Rugby High School Academy Trust becomes a MAT, the governance arrangements for Rugby High School and for The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College will change. The new governance would be:
- The Multi-Academy Trust Members: a group of 5 members including one elected by stakeholders. Members are charged with ensuring the trust’s charitable object is fulfilled. The members appoint (and can remove) the Trustees.
- The Trust Board: company directors (trustees) who are registered with Companies House. Trustees will be appointed on the basis of the skills required to operate an effective trust board. The Trust Board is responsible for the corporate management of the Trust. Individuals take personal responsibility for the actions of the trust and the schools and are accountable to the members, the Secretary of State and to the wider community for the education received by the students at our schools and for the public money spent.
- The Local Governing Bodies: governors are responsible for the standards in the school that they serve. As at present, a proportion of governors would be elected by parents. The Local Governing Body is a committee of the Trust Board and its remit and powers are set out in a scheme of delegation.
What are the benefits of being a MAT?
In the school’s opinion the benefits are numerous and include:
- A greater ability to raise standards within both schools because of collaborative working.
- Enhanced opportunities for students (curricular and extra-curricular).
- The breadth of MAT could be a significant driver in improving staff and student recruitment.
- Significant opportunities to benefit from bulk purchasing and tendering, pooling staff (especially support staff).
- Increased capacity to contribute to raising standards across the education sector and reduced vulnerability to government sanctions because of enhanced ability to contribute to system improvement.
What are the benefits of co-operative academy status?
The principle benefits of a co-operative MAT are that:
- it secures a voice for stakeholders at the highest level of governance. At least one of the membership governors must be elected by a stakeholders forum. This guarantees that parents, staff, students and the local community will be heard
- the principles and values that we think are important will be at the very heart of the trust's ethos. These are : caring for others, social responsibility, honesty, openness, equality, equity, democracy, self-help, self-responsibility and solidarity
- MAT members will have access to an extensive network of contacts across the state school sector through the Co-operative Schools Network which will facilitate the sharing of good practice and help us to develop our provision. '
Are there any disadvantages to becoming a MAT?
As a MAT, the trustees will be accountable for any other academies that join the MAT, not just Rugby High School. This means increased responsibility. However, as part of the conversion process, the governing body will ensure that careful decisions are taken to ensure that the right governance structure and systems are in place to successfully operate more than one academy.
What else will change?
We do not intend to change anything else about the day to day operation of Rugby High School as a result of converting to MAT.
How can I find out more?
You can find further information about this proposal on the school’s website: www.rugbyhighschool.co.uk/matconsultation
There is also more information about MAT academies on the DfE website: http://www.education.gov.uk/academies If you can’t find the answer to your question here, or on the DfE website, please email Mr Allan Kerr, Clerk to the Governors email@example.com who will try to assist.
How can I make representations?
Representations can be made in writing to:
Mr Allan Kerr
Clerk to the Governors
Rugby High School
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for representations to be made is 8th May 2017.