Academisation update November 2017

Students, staff, parents and members of our local community are aware that St Crispin’s School is currently in the process of converting to an Academy.  During this last year we have consulted on this issue and as I have previously reported our consultation was overwhelming positive.  St Crispin’s will join with Nine Mile Ride Primary school to be the founder schools in an all-through Multi-Academy Trust to serve Wokingham and the surrounding area.  The founding principle of our partnership is focused on setting structures to provide the very best educational opportunities and outcomes for all students by drawing on expertise across the educational phases.  A key principle of our Trust will be to allow both schools and any future schools who join to retain and celebrate their own unique identity and ethos.  Since the consultation concluded the DfE have issued both schools’ Academy Orders and we are currently working with the Local Authority to solve an unexpected issue regarding land transfer.  This small sole issue is currently delaying our final conversion but we hope it will be resolved in the very near future!

In the meantime I am delighted to take this opportunity to share just a little more about the Multi-Academy Trust that St Crispin’s will soon belong.  Our Trust is named “The Circle Trust.”  We chose this name as it symbolically reflects the approach, the way of working indeed the ethos of how our Trust will operate.  It is a name that is deliberately neutral and without association of a specific school.

In our Trust we know it is important to treat every school as individual and unique and feel strongly that a name shouldn’t therefore be connected to a single institution.  One of our core values is that of being inclusive and so we wanted our name to encapsulate all sorts of schools whatever their type or phase.   Our logo’s circles give a pictorial sense of inclusivity, which can naturally expand, with the overlapping circles depict our desire to collaborate.

The Circle Trust’s vision is that all children and young people deserve to have an excellent well-rounded education and to flourish in first-rate schools where the best teaching, the best facilities and the most up-to-date resources are made available to them.