Multi Academy Trust

The Governors of The County High School, Leftwich have determined that this Single Academy Trust will begin the process of converting to a Multi-Academy Trust (a MAT).

Following our effective and efficient transition to a Converter Academy in September 2012, culminating in an "outstanding" Ofsted judgement, March 2016, we feel this development presents the best opportunity to remain in control of our school's destiny in a transforming educational landscape.

The County High School, Leftwich prides itself on effective partnership-working. Indeed, Ofsted noted that "Cohesive teamworking ensures that 'no pupil is overlooked'." It is because we remain committed to acquiring and sharing expertise so that all our students and staff continue to enjoy rich and varied learning activities that we believe a Multi-Academy Trust can provide the strong and resilient structure in which to extend such opportunities. By creating the MAT, (a group of academies under a single governance structure), we can ensure that those who join us share our values and thereby provide a measure of stability when the national educational context is changing at such a rapid pace.

Although we have a new Prime Minister and a new Secretary of State for Education, their recent consultation document "Schools that work for everyone" reiterates the Government's " drive to build capacity in the system through MATs". As the role a Local Authority plays in providing school improvement and other services decreases, increasingly schools are looking to each other for support and challenge to ensure high quality outcomes for all learners. Maintaining our proven, proactive approach to change we believe will enable us to safeguard our ethos and sustain "outstanding" rates of progress for our students in an increasingly dynamic educational and financial context. We thus believe it is necessary to embrace and, in this sense, create the future for our students and the communities we serve, rather than joining an already established Trust within an indefinite timescale, creating uncertainty.

Whilst doing so, please be assured that our collective determination as Governors and Senior Leaders is to transition smoothly to a MAT, our strategic and proactive approach underpinned by careful and well-considered decision-making, thereby protecting the high-performing Academy that is The County High School, Leftwich.