Your school really needs you speak up now about some proposed changes, which are likely to damage the school, rather than make sure it continues to improve.
What’s going on?
The Academy Trust that Fowey belongs to (ALAT) is proposing to merge with its sister trust, Bright Tribe. They have announced a consultation period for parents and community, which ends in a few weeks.
Bright Tribe, set up by millionaire businessman, Michael Dwan, are currently under investigation for financial mismanagement, as well as failing to meet targets in schools in other parts of the country.
Here are a few press cuttings, but just do a quick Google search and you’ll find plenty of articles about their poor record.
They are receiving terrible press and a merger is a great way for them to lose the toxic Bright Tribe brand and hide behind the ALAT name instead.
Why is this bad news for Fowey?
Martin Dale and his team have been achieving some fantastic things over the past year, which you don’t always get to hear about, including a very positive interim [OFSTED] DfE report.
You may not be aware that At GCSE level last year, our school:
- exceeded the national & county average for English and Maths by 10%
- was the top-performing local school for core subject
- It is being used as a national example for student health and wellbeing
But the proposed merger will not benefit our school in any way.
- Bright Tribe has such a terrible reputation in the teaching profession that we will struggle to attract good teachers
- The other schools in the Trust are in the north and south east of England, making it impossible to share best practice and training
- The trust has had 4 Chief Executives in under 4 years
What can you do?
Come to the consultation meeting at school on the 22nd of May at 6.30pm, be vocal and tell other parents to come too. The FRA staff are working so hard to drive our school forward, but they are employed by the Trust, so won’t have the opportunity to speak out about the merger in the way that we can, as parents.