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15th January 2016
A Consultation about the Proposal for Henderson Green Primary School to become an Academy within The HEART Education Trust.
Dear Parent/Carers and Members of the Wider Community,
Why is Henderson Green Primary School proposing to become an Academ
The priority of Henderson Green Primary School’s Governing Body is for the school to provide an excellent education for our children while protecting the school’s role at the heart of the community and retaining its unique qualities and strengths. We recognise that the role of the Local Authority in supporting schools is diminishing and that it is Government policy to encourage schools to become Academies.
The Governing Body believes the best way to build on the measures already taken to improve standards while maintaining our school’s ethos and vision is to become part of a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).
The Governing Body has therefore agreed to consult on becoming an Academy within The HEART Education Trust. This consultation is open to all, including the school’s parents, pupils, staff and the wider community. The consultation period will start on 15th January 2016 and end on 4th March 2016 (the “Consultation Period”).
The Governing Body would like to provide you with as much information as possible, so that you may better understand the importance of the school taking this opportunity to secure the future of education for all pupils within our community. We have prepared a list of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ however there will also be the opportunity for parents and members of the community to meet and ask Mrs Christina Kenna, the Executive Head teacher of The HEART Education Trust, Mrs Winter and Governors questions if you wish on:
Monday 1st February 2016 at 2.00pm and 5.30pm
At Henderson Green Primary School in the main school hall.
The ethos of The HEART Education Trust is achievement for all in which an outstanding education will be offered to all pupils based on the principles of inter-school collaboration and support; all HEART Education Trust schools are partners with an overall aim of improving outcomes for pupils. Each school is seen as central to its own community with the skills of each being used in a supportive way for all the others, regardless of their current educational grading.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an Academy?
Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by a Local Authority. The Academy is funded directly by the Government and not through the Local Authority. The Academy Trust enters into an agreement with the Secretary of State for Education that sets out its responsibilities and accountabilities for the effective running of the Academy. The Trust is given charitable exemption, which means it must operate as a charity.
You can view further detail on academies at the Department for Education website at
What is a Multi-Academy Trust?
A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is when 2 or more academies come together in partnership. A single academy board (a company limited by guarantee) is formed to provide the strategic leadership and oversight of each school. Each school will retain its Local Governing Body which will operate in much the same way as it does at present.
Who is The HEART Education Trust?
The HEART Education Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) – a single charitable company responsible for the running of several academies. The HEART Education Trust Board is ultimately accountable for the quality of education in all HEART Education Trust Schools as well as being responsible for the use of public money, the employment of all staff and for the use of all Trust sites under the various leases. The HEART Education Trust is committed to providing excellent primary education and is based in Norwich. The other schools currently in the HEART Education Trust are Heartsease Primary Academy, the sponsor school, and Lingwood Primary Academy.
How would converting to an Academy benefit our School
To sustain and build on the improvements made by the leadership of the school, including the Governing Body, the Locum Head teacher and the senior leadership team in collaboration with the Local Authority Intervention Officer. Joining The HEART Education Trust will give the school access to the proven expertise in school improvements in the school setting
Who will be responsible for running our school?
The Head teacher will be responsible for the day- to-day running of the school. The HEART Education Trust has a Board of Directors. The Trust Board will delegate powers to a Local Advisory Board which will have a similar role to that of the current School Governing Body.
Would the school have to change its name?
The school has no plans to change its name significantly.
Will the school have a uniform?
Parents will be fully involved in any future discussions about proposed changes to the dress code.
Why is there a consultation?
The Academies Act 2010 requires either the school or the sponsor to consult ‘such persons as they think appropriate’ on whether the school, should become an academy. The Governing Body has agreed to work jointly with The HEART Education Trust to consult with all key stakeholders about the academy conversion including parents, staff, pupils and other schools over the Consultation Period. Although the Governing Body and the Trust are jointly running the consultation, the final decision on whether the school becomes an academy rests with the Secretary of State, and all the views expressed by parents will be made available to the Secretary of State to help her make this decision.
Does becoming an Academy change the relationship with other schools and the community?
No. Henderson Green will continue to be at the heart of the community and remain part of the local cluster of school
How will being an Academy affect staff?
Currently, the employer for staff is Norfolk County Council. After conversion all staff will be employed by The HEART Education Trust. Staff are legally protected to transfer under the same employment terms and conditions, including pensions. Their continuity of service is protected, and all staff will be consulted in accordance with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations.
How will this affect my child?
Your child will see very little difference. They will have the same staff, the same school day, and the same lessons.
Will we get more money as an Academy?
There will be funding for the process of becoming an academy. Academies receive the same amount of per-pupil funding as they would receive from the Local Authority as a maintained school.
How will admissions to the school be affected?
Henderson Green will continue to adopt clear and fair admission arrangements in line with the admissions law and the School Admissions Code
Will our responsibilities in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and exclusions change?
No. Responsibilities as an Academy in relation to Special Educational Needs and exclusions will be just the same as they are now as a maintained school.
Can a child with an educational health and care plan nominate an Academy as his or her school of choice?
Yes. These arrangements and related processes must at all times comply with the School Admissions Code and responsibilities as an Academy in relation to Special Educational Needs will be just the same as they are now as a maintained school.
How do I find out more about the proposals?
You will be able to attend one of the consultation events which will be held in the Main Hall of the school on
Monday 1st February EITHER at 2.00pm or at 5.30pm
Refreshments will be provided
These meetings will provide opportunities for you to ask questions and make comments.
The Executive Head teacher, Mrs Christina Kenna, from The HEART Education Trust, Mrs Winter and members of the Governing Body will be there to meet you. Please come along to one of the above meetings to ask any questions or make comments you have. You may also use the following form to let us know your views. Please return it to the school office by 4th March 2016
All comments and views will be made available to the Department for Education who will make the final decision.
Mrs Deborah Brown
Chair of Governors
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Henderson Green Primary School
Henderson Green is a growing primary school with a big heart. We place the well being of all our children and their families at the centre of what we do. We can call on a wide range of specialist skills from our team of experts – from teachers and teaching assistants to our parent support advisor, learning mentor and speech & language assistant. Our Nurture Group is renowned as one of the best around. It offers dedicated support to the neediest children in school.
We are proud of our improving record in helping children achieve as well as they can. Our teachers are creative and imaginative. They make sure that children have exciting things to do – this is the way they learn best. This is complemented by an extensive educational visits programme, such as residential trips, farm and estate visits as part of our Norfolk Food Discovery, participating in sporting, dance and musical events, as well as performing at prestigious venues like The Theatre Royal, Norwich Puppet Theatre, The Open and The Lord Mayor’s Parade.
All of our older children learn a musical instrument and we have two wonderful choirs. We know that children like to get out and about so we do lots of our learning outside, whatever the weather!Children are expected to work hard, but they have lots of fun doing it!
This academic year (2015/2016) we are having building works. We are very excited about this and the children are looking forward to discussing all aspects of the project with the contractors.
The school will be benefitting from a brand new kitchen so that school meals can be cooked on site. We will also be getting a brand new Early Years and Key Stage 1 block. This will ensure that our children benefit from exciting, purpose-built facilities.
Alongside this, our brand new playing field means that the children can engage in a variety of outdoor sporting activities throughout the school day and year.
We are proud of what we do and extend a warm welcome to visitors.
If you want to come and see us, please get in touch with the school office.
Mrs K Winter – Locum Headteacher
Ofsted tells Henderson Green Primary in Norwich to improve – but praises new head’s vision
07:00 11 December 2015
A primary school has been told it still requires improvement, two years after it was originally told to do better.
However, the inspectors who visited Henderson Green Primary, in west Norwich, on November 18-19, said its new headteacher had “established a clear vision for improving the school”.
The school, which has 151 pupils on its roll, was told teaching, although improving, is not consistently good, and the results of Year 6 pupils in this summer’s tests were well below the national average in reading, writing and mathematics.
However, it added that the progress these pupils made since leaving Key Stage 1 was “broadly in line” with the national average, and praised the early years provision at the school, giving it a “good” rating.
The report said: “The newly appointed headteacher [Karen Winter] has quickly gained the trust and confidence of parents, staff and pupils to establish a clear vision for the school to improve pupils’ achievement and raise expectations.
“The headteacher and deputy headteacher have driven forward much-needed improvements in the monitoring and evaluation of teachers’ performance, which are now improving the quality of teaching.”
Mrs Winter said: “Since arriving as locum headteacher in May, my focus for the school has been to continue improving pupils’ achievement as well as raising expectations: a shared vision that inspectors recognise has the capacity to move this school forward.
“Governors and staff share a determination and commitment to bring about these necessary improvements rapidly; our pupils deserve every opportunity to do well.”