KET Multi Academy Trust Conversion

Background

At their meeting in December 2020 the Trust Board of Kingston Educational Trust unanimously agreed to apply to become a multi academy trust and to welcome Fern Hill Primary School to the Trust.

At their meeting in January 2021, the Governing Body of Fern Hill Primary School unanimously agreed that, subject to statutory consultation, Fern Hill should apply to convert to academy status and join Kingston Educational Trust.

Kingston Educational Trust (KET) is a state-funded educational charity created as a partnership between Kingston College, Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. KET opened, and now operates, The Kingston Academy.

Proposed Timeline

On 2nd March 2021, families at both Fern Hill and The Kingston Academy were informed of Fern Hill’s intention to explore conversion to academy status and KET’s intention to apply for multi academy trust status. You can read more about this below.

In June, Fern Hill’s Governing Body will begin a formal process of consultation, to seek and consider the views of all interested parties including Fern Hill parents, pupils, staff and the wider local community. Only once this process has been completed will Fern Hill’s Governing Body decide whether to take the next step in academy conversion.

Although the format of consultation will depend on the public restrictions in place, all stakeholders will have the opportunity to raise questions with members of Fern Hill’s Governing Body and the Senior Leadership Team.

Further information on Fern Hill’s statutory consultation process, including how to submit comments or questions, is available on its website.

Further Information

Copy communication, including that sent to TKA families on 2nd March 2021 is linked below. It includes:

Letter to Fern Hill and TKA Families – a letter from Susan Dean, Chair of Fern Hill Governing Body, and Graham Willett, Chair of Kingston Educational Trust, to announce Fern Hill’s intention to explore conversion to academy status and KET’s intention to apply for multi academy trust status.

Letter to Fern Hill Families –Academy Conversion– a letter from Mr Scott Head teacher of Fern Hill providing further details on the proposal for Fern Hill to convert to academy status and join Kingston Educational Trust, including FAQs.

Rationale for Joining Together within KET – a document written by Mr Scott Head teacher of Fern Hill and Ms Cavanagh, outlining the value, and key drivers, of a formal relationship between the two schools.

Kingston Educational Trust FAQ – a document providing comprehensive information about KET including its governance, vision and values.

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