In 2017, Haybridge High School & Sixth Form was granted approval by The Regional Schools Commissioner to establish a Multi Academy Trust. Subsequently, in April 2018 the Governors proposed to form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) known as The Four Stones MAT with King Charles I School & Sixth Form from 1st September 2018.
Our application to form this MAT with King Charles I School & Sixth Form was considered by the Regional Schools Commissioner and Local Headteacher Board on Thursday 12th July. We are delighted to announce that we have been given the approval to proceed and we are now aiming to form The Four Stones MAT with King Charles I School & Sixth Form on 1st November 2018.
The Governors of both schools are excited by the opportunity of forming The Four Stones MAT and believe that the two schools working together will benefit the students and staff in the MAT and in our wider community generally.
What is a MAT?
A MAT is a group of Academies which have joined together to work outside of Local Authority control. A MAT is a single legal entity with one set of Trustees under which schools operate collaboratively, but with considerable freedom to maintain their own character and ethos, for example a religious affiliation or none. All schools within the MAT share a common vision and work together to improve the educational experience and outcomes for all their students. We anticipate that our MAT will be formed of some schools like Haybridge which have no religious affiliation, as well as schools which may have (for example, Church of England primary schools).
What is Haybridge currently?
Haybridge became an Academy on 1 July 2011 and has been operating very successfully as a SAT for six years. It is a “converter” Academy, ie not sponsored by any outside organisation.
What is the process for converting to a MAT? Where are we now?
We are currently (June 2017) at stage five of six stages:
|1. Governors consider whether to apply to form a MAT||Done and agreed|
|2. Governors apply to the Department for Education to form a MAT||Done and approved|
|3. Consultation with all interested parties||Done|
|4. Governors take the final decision on whether to proceed to a MAT||Done|
|5. Legal work, due diligence, the agreement of our Scheme of Delegation and other matters||Current|
|6. Conversion to a MAT on a date to be agreed|