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Wednesday 19 June 2013. The school week is currently B.
Governors have voted in favour of academy conversion. I will write to parents and carers shortly with further details.
Thank you to all those who attended our open meetings and those who contributed to the discussion to help inform this decision.
19th June 2012
Final update 30 May 2012
The consultation process has now closed.
I would like to thank all the parents, carers and members of the school community who sent in questions or attended our open meetings. It has been very helpful for Governors to hear your thoughts.
The final open meeting welcomed Nigel Willis (or Wyll as he is known) to present a personal view as Headteacher of Wallingford School. Those present heard why Wyll’s Governors decided to convert to an academy and what he saw as the real benefits of academy status. Parents were able to ask questions and I would like to record my thanks to Wyll for visiting us and giving us his experience. His school has also been very helpful with contact between his Chair of Governors and Business Manager and Gosford Hill School.
Governors will now meet in June to make a final decision about conversion.
Thank you again for all your support during this consultation process.
Parent Forum/Open Meeting Update
The next two Parent Forums/Open Meetings are on Thursday 17th May at 5.30 in the Learning Centre and Wednesday 23rd May at 6.30 in the Main Hall.
Thursday 17th May: This meeting will share the latest Frequently asked Questions and give feedback from the national Academies show held in London on Wednesday
Wednesday 23rd May: This meeting will be the final meeting before Governors make the decision about conversion. At the request of parents from our initial open meetings I am delighted to welcome Mr Nigel Willis – Headteacher from Wallingford School Oxfordshire that recently converted to an academy.
I hope to see you at one of the meetings.
At the end of last term the Governing Body decided to consult on whether Gosford Hill should convert to an Academy. No decision has yet been made. During the following days the school will be sending out letters and information to parents, staff and primary partners/local community groups about the consultation process.
This area of our website will be updated on a regular basis as the consultation gets under way. All the information you need about how you can give your views will be sent to you shortly.
First Open Meeting
Although the information is still being distributed to various groups, The Governing Body is keen to start the consultation process. Therefore the first open meeting is on:
Thursday 19th April 6.00 – 7.30 in the Main Hall
There will be other opportunities for parents and other interested groups to attend.
Academy Update. 18.4.12
The meeting arranged for Thursday 19th April is an initial open meeting for anyone able to attend. I am aware that for some parents and community groups this is quite short notice but we were keen to have a meeting to start the consultation as quickly as possible. There are a number of other meetings for those unable to attend this initial one. The dates of these meetings are outlined in the attached letters. I have also included other documentation that I hope you find useful.
The two letters are slightly different. The parent letter is aimed at parent and carers who currently have children at Gosford Hill. The second letter is for the community groups connected with the school. You will notice however that the dates of the meetings are exactly the same to enable a wide representation from the community.
Parents with children at Gosford Hill will have all the attached documentation sent to them. I look forward to seeing you at any of our forthcoming meetings.
Parent Forum 2nd May 2012
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attending our consultation meeting last night. It was a very informative evening where Doreen Rose (Chair of Governors), Martin Horton (Business Manager) and I were able to answer a wide variety of questions.
At the request of one of the parents I have placed my power point presentation on our webpage.
I was particularly pleased to clarify that our accountability would remain very robust and that students would see very little change in the day to day running of the school. It was also a useful opportunity to share with everyone the very strong position our school is in with improved exam results and a successful Ofsted inspection.
There are a number of visits taking place at conferences and recently converted academy schools over the next few weeks. Parents suggested that the next meeting is used as an update of what we have found out and if possible to invite visitors in to speak.
Thank you again for your attendance and I look forward to seeing other members from the community at our next meeting.