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1 The EE4A multi-academy trust Daventry Special Academy Consultation Meeting ICON Centre Daventry Wednesday 23 rd April 2013

2 Welcome

3 Outcomes for this evening By the end of the evening: We will all know more about the proposal to open a Special School in Daventry We – the proposers – will have heard your views What will happen next? We will take your views into account when finalising our application to the Department for Education The application deadline is Friday, May 9 th 2014 The DfE will decide by September 2014

4 6.10 Welcomes and Introductions 6.15 Overview of Education Excellence for All Multi-Academy Trust 6.20 Daventry Special Academy – our vision and our plan to make it happen 6.30 The support we have for the application so far 6.40 The Free School application process 6.50 Survey form 7.00 Your questions, comments, ideas 7.25 Final comments 7.30 Close Timings for this evening

5 Education Excellence for All

6 We are a not-for-profit Academy Trust Founded in 2013 by local people and Place Group – whom we knew well This is our first application to open a school – but will be Place Group’s 30th We have no other schools in the Trust that we have to spend time on – yet! The Trust comprises Place Group Ltd – a well-established education sector business specialising in supporting schools, from opening free schools to running the Schools’ Buying Club, school procurement service provider of the year, 2012 and Serving Headteachers School Improvement professionals – former Headteachers and Northamptonshire County Council Advisers

7 Trustees – have a similar role to school governors Tim Bartlett – Chair of Trustees – from CYPS Consulting Ltd David Bray - from Learning Effectively Ltd Rebecca Baker – Headteacher, Larkrise Academy, Luton (Primary) Nigel Croft – Headteacher, Redborne Upper School, Ampthill (Secondary) Peter Burrell – from P2 Education Ltd Simon Rule – Chief Executive, Place Group Ltd Roger Tweed – Daventry Schools Adviser Vacancy for Trustee – Local Primary School Headteacher Proposed additional Trustees – Head of an outstanding Special School and a Chair of Governors EE4A – Education Excellence for All

8 Education Excellence for All How does a Multi-Academy Trust work? Our Multi-Academy Trust was established to open and also to take on and run schools of all types – primary, secondary, special Our time to run the Trust comes from employer release, some of which is refunded to our employers at cost Trustee Meetings are not claimable Out-of-pocket travel expenses are paid at local authority rates We are not Special School Specialists – but we are all very experienced at appointing the specialists which every school needs, and of successfully leading schools and other education sector organisations If our application is approved, the first thing we will do will be to appoint the right person to lead the opening of this school

9 Daventry Special Academy The County Council reviewed the provision of places for pupils with Special Educational Needs in October 2013 Daventry Special Academy will meet some of the need for extra places for pupils with learning difficulties: Autistic Spectrum Disorders Severe Learning Difficulties Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties DSA will only admit pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (the replacement for Statements of Educational Need); and aged from 4 to 18 We have selected sites close to the town centre The school is scheduled to open in 2016 and have 175 places when full in 2019

10 Daventry Special Academy We will provide an outstanding quality of education from the start make sure we learn from the existing Special Schools create strong partnerships with parents, local schools, Northampton College and University, local health service providers, and all other providers of services to children and families make the most of being a school in the centre of the communities it serves work hard to ensure that the new school building is the envy of everyone because it works so well for the pupils, staff, parents and families

11 Daventry Special Academy Benefits Reduce travelling time for local pupils A local school for local children and young people, integrated into their town and all it provides – hence our preference for a town centre site Reduce travel costs Concerns Any new school unsettles what currently exists: what pupils and parents expect, and existing successful learning and other relationships Pupil numbers matching forecasts (eg what if housing is late being built?) We are likely to attract staff already in local schools creating vacancies there Nationally, money is in short supply – what if there is not quite enough to build a world-class school?

12 Schedule to opening Application development – started autumn 2013 Written submission by 9 th May 2014 Interview likely to be Aug-Sept Pre-opening – likely to start October 2014 Select site by Dec 2014 Consultation early 2015 Planning / construction programme starts spring 2015 Curriculum development starts summer 2015 Admissions programme starts autumn 2015 Funding Agreement by Feb 2016 Staff recruitment starts spring 2016 Site handover July 2016 School opening – September 2016

13 Schedule to opening Survey Send completed forms to: C/O Place Group 7-9 Interchange House Howard Way Newport Pagnell Bucks MK16 9PY Website survey:


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