Saturday, 18 October 2008
TRENTHAM HIGH APPLIES TO BECOME A TRUST SCHOOL
Our vision in Trentham is for a way forward for our school that is appropriate for our community. The community has very close links with the school and families are highly involved in the children’s education. For this reason it makes perfect sense to form a cooperative trust of parents to link with the governing body of the school. Government ought to support us of course as this type of school is one of Ed Balls’ new bright ideas.
A trust school is a foundation school, with the addition of a link to a trust, in this case a cooperative of parents. A school with foundation status becomes the employer of the staff and the admissions authority for the school and takes ownership of the land and assets. The governors have more rights of appeal against LA decisions, in which case referral has to go to schools adjudicator.
A trust school is the right option for the Trentham and Hanford community, an academy is not. Councillor Ibbs always bangs on about us wanting to maintain the status quo, this along with our wish to federate with St. Joseph’s, shows that we clearly are not standing still, but want to move forward in the right direction. I am not surprised the council will be opposing the application, it’s what we’ve come to expect, but as usual they have no case whatever to make. Ged Rowney as usual can only resort to pathetic comments and says it “brings unnecessary additional distractions and pressure on staff and pupils at the school”. What he says is patently ludicrous! He really means it puts pressure on him – well tough. Staff and families are behind this. The council’s crazy idea to close Trentham High is what brings unnecessary distractions and pressure to staff, pupils and families.
The trust application has to be accompanied by an application for foundation status. The statutory procedure for that is underway. A side effect of that is that it secures the THS land which can not now be sold or developed whilst the procedure is ongoing. That’s one up for us against you Rowney, Ibbs, Meredith and Knight! Up until now we’ve done battle with the council, serco and central government. But now the council can not unilaterally block us from becoming a trust. Our case and their objection will have to go to the school’s adjudicator. Who will have the stronger case with them then?
We will persist in doing what is right for our school and our community. The council’s Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee has seen sense and wants Trentham High off the closure list. We are still waiting for the penny to drop in the slow brains of Meredith and his lot.
Save Trentham High!
Posted by nicky at 10/18/2008 01:38:00 pm