Keynsham's Chandag Infant School hopes to join academy trust

Published on: 05 Aug 2016

Families are being asked for their views on Chandag Infant School’s plans to join the growing Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.

The school’s governing body has announced it is working towards conversion to academy status and is now asking parents, staff and the community to take part in a consultation, which runs until September 16.

A meeting for parents of the 180 pupils has already been held and another is planned early in the new term. An application will then go to the Department for Education and a final decision will be made by the Regional Schools Commissioner.

Head teacher Annie Smart said: “Our governors see this as a great opportunity, in an uncertain educational landscape, to secure the future of the school for the benefit of our children and of future generations.”

She said the decision had the governors’ unanimous backing and the school believed the advantages of joining WMAT included the opportunity to play an active role in pupils’ development from the age of four to 18, greater chance to improve school premises by sharing capital costs and sharing staff expertise and facilities by pooling knowledge and resources. 

Mrs Smart added: “We very much look forward to developing a collaborative and supportive working relationship with Wellsway MAT.”

WMAT includes two large secondary schools – Wellsway School and Sir Bernard Lovell School; two smaller secondaries – The Bath Studio School and IKB Academy; an all-age special school, Aspire Academy; and St John's CE Primary. Saltford CE Primary is due to join in September.

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