Monday 17 October 2011 5.40pm
Apologies for the lengthy delay - I've been out of the country for a few months, and am just returning to the fantastic news that our school has been approved. As such, I wanted to respond directly to the queries noted in the forum:
a) Will your proposed school have a religious point of view?
No, it is entirely secular.
b) What, if any, business, not-for-profit or charitable organisations are backing your bid?
We are not backed by any organisation, business, not-for-profit or charitable* in nature. We are a group of social entrepreneurs, who are seeking to address the educational divide by replicating outstanding school formats in lower income communities.
*We had been previously incubated by a charity called The Shaftesbury Partnership (SP), who provide launch infrastructure/advisory services for new social ventures. Given that the venture has been realised through the DfE approval, we are now operationally independent of this group, though Patrick Shine, who heads up SP, will sit as chair of the Academy Trust board.
c) What the ownership and governance structures of the proposed school are.
At the moment, the governing body that is in place is the Academy Trust board, which governs the set up of the school. The ongoing school governing body will need to be set up in the months prior to the launch of the school in 2012. In addition to the staff representatives, who will be recruited in the next months, we are looking to draw from parents and community groups to populate this body, and we urge those interested to engage and apply in the 11 months before the school opening.
d) What you mean by "what works in outstanding London primary schools"?
We are launching this school using a "replication model" - i.e. we have partnered with Amanda Phillips, who is headteacher at Old Ford in Tower Hamlets, a non-selective primary that has been ranked Outstanding by Ofsted. We are working in conjunction with Amanda to replicate her key strategies and processes for managing the school, and will recruit a headteacher to implement the framework.
For more detailed information, we are running an information meeting on October 18th from 11am for an hour:
Borough High St
London SE1 1JA
(Opposite Borough Station) 5 mins walk from London Bridge Station
We'll very much looking forward to meeting then,