The consultation process

Key Dates
9th March - Staff consultation meeting
16th March - Parents' consultation meetings
1st April - Consultation ends
6th April - Governors meet to discuss responses 
What is academisation?
Banwell Primary School is currently a maintained school.  At present, the day to day running of the school is led by the headteacher, overseen by the school's governing body.  North Somerset Local Authority have responsibility for ensuring that the school is performing effectively.
 
In recent years, many schools across North Somerset have left the control of the local authority and converted to Academy status.  Several of these have joined together and formed Multi Academy Trusts.  Nationally this process started in 2002, but in North Somerset, many schools have converted since 2016.  
 
The school's governing body, in agreement with the leadership team, made the decision previously to remain a maintained school.  However, we now feel that the advantages of joining a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) are strong.  As several MATs locally have been running for three or more years, it is possible to see how they work in practice.  This year, the governing body have talked to a number of local MATs, to understand which would be the 'best fit' for Banwell Primary School.  Each has its own advantages.  The governors are keen for the school to join a MAT that has only primary schools within it, and which shares our ethos.  After extensive discussion, the governing body have concluded that the Extend Learning Academy Network (ELAN) is the Trust that we wish to join.
 
In March 2021, the governing body applied to the Regional Schools Commissioner to start the process of seeking to become an Academy.  Our application has been approved.
 
The next step is to consult with the wider school community. This process started at the beginning of March 2021.  It will finish on 1st April 2021.  This process is to allow parents, staff and the local community to have their say on the proposal to become an academy, and on the decision to choose ELAN rather than alternative MATs. 
 
UPDATE
Following a meeting of the full governing body of Banwell Primary School on 6th April it has now been decided to proceed with the school's application to become an academy and join ELAN. Governors gave careful consideration to all feedback received as part of the consultation and would like to thank all stakeholders who submitted their thoughts.