This will not change when we become an academy. Nor will the LA’s obligations to support pupils with SEN, in fact they will actually improve. The Local Authority retains responsibility for:
- Home to school transport (including SEN)
- Education psychology
- SEN Statutory Assessments and Statements
- Monitoring of SEN provision, parent partnership service, etc
- Prosecution of parents for non-attendance
- Individually assigned SEN resources for pupils with rare conditions needing expensive tailored provision
- Provision of pupil referral units or education otherwise for a pupil who is no longer registered at an academy
- Co-ordination of admission arrangements
2. I am concerned about staff turnover, other schools I know that have become an Academy seem to lose staff and I feel this could jeopardise my child's learning.
We have chosen to work with Future Generation Trust because we feel confident that while the infrastructure supporting our school will of course alter, that our Governing Board and Headteacher will continue to be responsible for staffing and recruitment. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful staff team here at Etching Hill, this is something that we recognise is a huge part of our success and will continue to be highly valued as we go through the Academisation process and beyond.
3. How will the school's relationship with the Church be impacted by the conversion to Academy status?
We are extremely proud of our Christian distinctiveness and also the close relationship that we have with the Church of the Holy Spirit. This will not change or lessen when we become an Academy, in fact two of the other three schools within the MAT are also Church of England schools. Mrs Sue Whitehouse will remain as our Chair of the Governing Board, further strengthening our connection to both the Diocese and the church itself.