Two Rugby schools set to form multi-academy trust

Avon Valley School head teacher Alison Davies ENGNNL00120131012130916
Avon Valley School head teacher Alison Davies ENGNNL00120131012130916

Two schools in Rugby launched consultations on a proposal to form a co-operative multi-academy trust today (Monday, March 27).

Rugby High School and Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College want to set up the trust to support each other and work closely together.

Rugby High School head teacher Charlotte Marten NNL-170322-163125001

Rugby High School head teacher Charlotte Marten NNL-170322-163125001

Students, parents, staff and the wider community are encouraged to share their views in the consultation which runs until May 8, with two public meetings planned for next month.

Rugby High head teacher Charlotte Marten said: “Although our two schools are superficially different, they have complementary strengths.

“We believe that both schools stand to gain from formalising the co-operative partnership that already exists between them.

“We look forward to hearing the views of parents, students and members of the local community on our proposal.”

A multi-academy trust is a formal grouping of schools which enables them to support each other in developing and sharing best practice in teaching, as well as sharing the high quality staff and resources. 

In a co-operative trust one member is elected by the trust’s stakeholders to be a trustee through a members’ forum.

This means the community has input into the trust at the highest level of governance.

Avon Valley head teacher Alison Davies said: “The increasing national focus on academisation creates an ideal opportunity for our two schools to look at working more closely together, as we continue to focus on providing high quality education for Rugby.

“I hope that the local community will engage with the consultation process; both to find out more about the proposal and to share their views.’

Bilton School announced last week it would be forming a multi-academy trust with Southam College.

Public meetings will take place simultaneously at Rugby High School and The Avon Valley School at 7pm on April 25 and 27.

Full details of the consultations and further information can be found on the schools’ websites: www.rugbyhighschool.co.uk and www.avonvalleyschool.org.

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