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The Academy Legacy or an April Fool?

If it weren’t so serious it would be laughable that the Governors (released on their website on April 1) a letter offering,  as a benefit of conversion, the grand sum of £70,000 for Vale, £70,000 for Ladywell and £50,000 for Hilly Fields.

This is a Federation that in 2014 had a combined income of £17 million, and made in what must surely be a co-incidence  (??)  the same amount, (£190,000) from facilities and services.

As a public service (since most communications from the school don’t actually reach parents) we reproduce them below.

And we would ask the question – where is this money coming from?

Ladywell Vale Hilly Fields
£70,000 £70,000 £50,000
A full time counsellor (supporting well-being for students);

 

A full time counsellor (supporting well-being for students);

 

Curriculum developments such as Latin or Mandarin in the curriculum Curriculum developments such as Latin or Mandarin in the curriculum Curriculum developments such as Japanese or Mandarin in the curriculum
Introduction of numeracy support classes in year 7

 

Introduction of numeracy and literacy support classes in year 7

 

Protection of small group subjects in the 6th Form
Gifted and talented maths groups in the Primary Phase

 

The Headteacher and his team would be able to vary the curriculum 11 -16 to meet pupil needs more effectively The Headteacher and his team would be able to vary the curriculum 3 -16 to meet pupil needs more effectively The Headteacher and her team would be able to vary the curriculum 11 -16 to meet pupil needs more effectively.
It would give the freedom at Key Stage 2 and 3 for subject experts to decide their own curriculum and prepare more effectively for Key Stage 4 and 5, than the proposed arrangements under the National Curriculum would

 

It would give the freedom at Key Stage 2 and 3 for subject experts to decide their own curriculum and prepare more effectively for Key Stage 4 and 5, than the proposed arrangements under the National Curriculum would

 

Academy conversion gives the freedom at Key Stage 3 for departments to decide their own curriculum and prepare more effectively for Key Stage 4 and 5 than the proposed arrangements under the National Curriculum would