21st June 2021
Dear Parents and Carers, Staff and the wider school community,
I write on behalf of the Governing Body to inform you that having considered the consultation report and all other information gathered as part of the due diligence process, the Governing Body of Whitehouse Community Primary School has formally agreed to convert to Academy status and join the Children’s Endeavour Trust.
As governors, we have given the issue of academisation extensive thought and discussion. We took account of all views available to us from all stakeholders, and thank you to those who took the time to give us your input.
One of our central aims was to ensure the decision is in the best interests of our current and future pupils within the community we serve. We believe the decision we have made will enable Whitehouse Community Primary School to enhance its performance further as the advantages of close partnership with other schools in the Trust take effect. At a time of challenge and rapid change in education, working together with schools with shared aims and ideas offers immense benefits.
We see this decision not as revolutionary change, but as part of our continual development of educational provision at Whitehouse. There will be some new structures and systems but for the vast majority of children, staff, parents and carers there will be very little change to our curriculum, assessment arrangements, teaching and learning, before and after-school provision, and being part of our inclusive school community, all of which we are very proud.
There can be no greater responsibility than supporting our young people as they undertake their journey of educational and personal development so that they feel confident in having the necessary knowledge and skills to grow into responsible citizens of the future. We believe this decision equips us to face this task even more effectively, and we thank you for your continued support as we begin a new era of working with our partner schools in the Children’s Endeavour Trust.
Our aim, subject to necessary legal requirements, is to convert on 1st September 2021 and the consultation report can be found on our school website: https://www.whcps.org/academyconsultation/
Very best wishes,
Chair of Governors