Over the last few months, you will have heard much in the media about schools considering converting to Academy Status - in Hounslow, 8 out of the 13 secondary schools are now academies.
As a “good” school with some outstanding features, as graded by Ofsted in September 2011, we are in the fortunate position where we can decide whether or not we wish to remain as a Local Authority maintained school or convert to become an Academy, accountable directly to the Department of Education.
Our aim is to be graded “Outstanding” at our next Ofsted inspection, which is likely to take place in 3 to 5 years’ time. Long term, we must ensure that our school’s status provides us with the right support to achieve this.
The Governing Body has been exploring the benefits and new freedoms that achieving academy status might afford us and as a result, would now wish to share some of its findings with you in the form of a consultation. The consultation document attached outlines what some of the benefits of moving to academy school status would be and considers the implications. A full Governing Body meeting will be held on the 28th April, when your views will be considered and a final decision will be made. I hope that you will know the way that the Governors of the school operate and know that we will be interested in ascertaining the feelings of all stakeholders, before making a final decision to convert. It is important that we listen to your views and we would, therefore, urge you to read the consultation document and respond on the sheet provided by Wednesday 25th April 2012.
We will also be holding a parents meeting on Monday 26th March 2012 at 7.00pm in the main school hall to talk through the points raised in the consultation document and to try to answer any questions which you may have.
We look forward to hearing your views on ‘Academy School Status’ at Brentford School for Girls.
Please download our Academy Consultation
booklet for further information.
Ms Leenders - Head Teacher