We have started the consultation process with our parents/carers, staff and local community about our intention to formalize the relationship with Swavesey Village College by converting to an Academy and joining the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).
The consultation process will involve opportunities for parents/carers, staff and members of the local community to ask questions and feedback about the school becoming an academy and joining CMAT. The consultation will remain open for responses until midnight on 3rd November 2017. To aid this process, on Tuesday, 17th October parents/carers, staff and members of the local community are welcome to attend a presentation at 6:30pm in the Studio at school. The presentation will include an opportunity to ask questions and meet Mark Woods, CEO of CMAT and Andy Daley, Principal of Swavesey Village College.
Parents/carers, staff and members of the local community can send feedback using the form or by sending an e-mail to .
The main thinking behind this consideration is based on the recognition that Swavesey Village College is Bar Hill's local secondary school where the overwhelming majority of our children study after Year 6. Governors feel that the children will benefit from an "all-through" education formed out of a closer relationship between Bar Hill School and Swavesey Village College within CMAT. We already have a strong relationship with Swavesey and anticipate a closer bond would bring even more impressive opportunities for Bar Hill children, for example, the development of a deeper and even more exciting curriculum using Swavesey teaching staff and resources.
Another important factor to be considered is Bar Hill staying as a Local Authority maintained school may not be feasible in the long term because we are finding that the resources at the Local Authority are rapidly being stretched beyond the point where they can deliver the services we rely on.
We believe that there are many advantages to Bar Hill School becoming part of CMAT. Along with benefiting from the opportunities that come from closer links with Swavesey Village College, the school would also benefit from increased buying power as well as access to some of CMATs wider resources such as ICT support and estate management. At one time such resources and services would have been provided by the Local Authority, but this is no longer the case.
Once the consultation is concluded governors will consider the views raised and will await confirmation from the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Head Teacher Board that Bar Hill School will be allowed to convert to become an academy and join CMAT. In order to formally convert into an academy and join a multi-academy trust, there will be at least five months of work necessary for the process to complete, although our understanding is this process is likely to take longer due to the number of schools currently trying to convert into academy status. As we go forward, I will update you on our progress.
I, along with governors, very much appreciate the interest of parents/carers, staff and members of the local community in our intention to become an academy and join CMAT.
Dr Al Mistrano