We are continuing to work with six other schools towards forming a Multi-Academy Trust. The intention is for the MAT to contain seven schools:
Ashton under Hill First School
Church Lench CE First School
Cropthorne with Charlton CE First School
Eckington CE First School
St Andrew’s CE First School
St Egwin’s Middle School
Prince Henry’s High School
Schools in the Evesham area, Worcestershire and nationally are all having to exist in an ever-changing educational system and are continuing to face increasing educational and financial challenges, coupled with the changing role of Local Authorities. All the schools within the MAT are all rated as Outstanding or Good by Ofsted and despite the difficulties faced, continue to provide top quality education to the children in our care. All of the schools also have a successful track record of collaborative working and this continues to be a integral part of our on-going work together during the conversion process.
The desire to retain the positive and collaborative relationships between the schools has driven the creation of the MAT from the beginning. The additional freedom and flexibility granted by Academy status whilst preserving strong local governance and the individual ethos and values of Cropthorne with Charlton School are also key factors.
With these reasons in mind, the Governors of Cropthorne with Charlton School held a consultation with staff and parents which informed their decision to apply to convert to Academy and join the MAT.
In terms of the process of applying for schools and the route children take through various schools to the end of their school education very little will change but working even more closely together will enable the educational experience of children in the MAT schools to be enhanced.
We believe Academy conversion is in the best interest of the long term future of our school, offering the best opportunity to our pupils to progress and achieve.