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What Are Academies?

We understand that with all the different guidance available, it can be a little confusing if you’re unfamiliar with academies and academisation.

We believe that academies are an exciting opportunity for schools and all their students. They offer more opportunities to work together to bring about school improvement and better outcomes for students at all phases of education.

So, why is an academy different?

Whereas in the past all state schools came under the control of the local education authority, an academy is a school that is funded directly by central government, and is therefore independent of the local authority (LA).

This independence grants academies more power to run the school how they see fit – which is a great opportunity for schools whose needs aren’t being met by the LA. This includes deciding term times, the length of the school day, the ability to develop their own curriculum and to prioritise where to spend their money. Ultimately being an academy means more flexibility and autonomy.

The majority of academies are part of multi-academy trusts (MATs), like Inspirational Futures Trust (IFT). These trusts provide support and advice for academies, including expertise in specialist areas, such as budgeting.

Won’t my child’s school lose its identity in a MAT?

Absolutely not, especially not as part of IFT. Each academy that is part of our Trust still maintains its individuality, having its own headteacher and governing board.

Ultimately, a lot of the power still remains with the school, more so than schools under LA control. The role of the MAT is providing their expertise to each individual academy based on their needs and aims.

Having multiple academies under one trust provides a unique opportunity to also receive advice from other academies and share successes.

We celebrate the individuality of all our academies and want them to achieve outstanding, so we are here to support them in any way that they need.

Crockerne Church of England Primary School Joins Inspirational Futures Trust

Crockerne Church of England Primary School has joined the multi-academy trust, Inspirational Futures Trust (IFT) as of 1 November 2016.

The school in Pill, Bristol, is the fifth academy to join the Trust which was established in 2013. It joins St Katherine’s School, the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College, Bristol Futures Academy and Herons’ Moor Academy.

Crockerne are very proud of their Church School distinctiveness. They work to promote a family ethos in the school, supported by their Christian values. In 2013, Crockerne was rated good by education watchdog Ofsted, and has high hopes that the support of the Trust will help them reach outstanding.

Geeta Verrell, joint head teacher at Crockerne, said: “Crockerne is delighted to have joined IFT.

“We will continue to be a church school, at the heart of our community which prides itself on working in partnership with parents, nurturing and valuing individuals and developing our children as learners.

“We look forward to working with the other providers in the trust on our exciting journey towards outstanding.”

On the addition of Crockerne into the Trust, Chris Wade, CEO, said: “As the new CEO of Inspirational Futures Trust, I am very pleased to welcome Crockerne Church of England Primary School to the multi-academy trust.”

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