Consultation over academy status

PARENTS and the community have been consulted over plans to convert Rastrick High School into an academy.

The school in Field Top Road is the third school in the area embarking upon academy status and aims to convert in September this year after a decision by the governors voted unanimously to make a formal application.

A consultation exercise has now been launched by the school to get feedback to the idea from staff, parents, pupils and the community which will last until June 15.

Head teacher Helen Lennie said governors had been clear from the start that they wanted an open and transparent consultation and any views expressed would be considered.

“Acting on this direction we have had a public meeting at school so that the community could express their views, along with ongoing formal and informal discussions with staff to answer any questions of concerns,” she said.

“We do want to emphasise that as a long standing Foundation School, everybody involved will see very little difference in practical terms but the increase in funding, and no school can be sure how long that will last, will allow us to maintain and increase the provision for students, staff, parents/carers and the community.”

Parents raised their various concerns which included the governing body, which weaker school they would support, what were Mrs Lennie’s reasons for wanting to convert and could any assurances be written into contracts about the pay and conditions for staff.

Some of the main concerns of people in the community were, will other schools lose out if they converted, what advice was the school taking and will the admissions policing change.

Other groups, staff, Calderdale Council, primary schools, trade unions and community groups the school is linked with will be included in the consultation.

The governing body will be pleased to receive people’s views which can be emailed to the headteachers PA, Sally Spivey on or people can write a letter to Julia Wilby, chair of governors, care of Rastrick High School.