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Sheffield’s first Trust School?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Meadowhead Secondary School has put forward proposals for Trust status from September in a move which has sparked a debate amongst the local community. A Trust school is a state-funded foundation school supported by a charitable trust made up of the school and partners. The school’s Governors will make the final decision about becoming a Trust in March.


Local MP Meg Munn has recently met with the Headteacher, Cath James, and Chair of Governor’s, Chris Rosling, to discuss the school’s proposals. She particularly wanted reassurance that the junior feeder schools would continue to have the opportunity to have their children move to Meadowhead, and that the local areas educational possibilities would not be damaged.


Meg said:


“Trusts schools allow local communities to be more involved in the education of the children. However, there are concerns that because Trust school’s have greater control over admissions they will only admit those from wealthier backgrounds. Meadowhead have assured me that this will not happen and that they will keep to the local authority admissions policy.


I have recommended that Meadowhead investigate the co-operative Trust membership model. I believe it will address many of the worries being expressed by those against or unsure of the school’s Trust status proposals.”


The result of a ballot of parents of Meadowhead pupils and parents from the school’s seven feeder schools was recently announced. In the ballot 66% of parents approved the plans - although less than a quarter of parents actually cast a vote. Staff and pupils have also overwhelmingly voted in favour, while a separate survey showed 86% of parents approved. However critics have raised a number of concerns about the school leaving local authority control.


For more information on the Trust proposals visit www.meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk 

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