And finally...

As the letter we issued this week made clear, other schools in the locality have already moved into academy status and we are the last community school in Salford. I trust this conveys to you that we have waited to see if the direction of the government would change and that perhaps they would reconsider their view of LA schools and Academies. Sadly it has not changed. Whilst I have ideals and values that I hold dear, I am a pragmatist. Government policy is that they want all schools to become an Academy. Governors and I would rather we had control of the process of converting rather than having a MAT chosen for us by the RSC or the Department for Education (DfE).

We have no interest in employing unqualified teachers to teach your children.We have no interest in shutting down or reducing the Expressive and Creative Arts sections of our curriculum. We have no interest in reducing sporting choices for your children. We have no interest in changing terms and conditions for staff.

We are interested in improving the school.We are interested in remaining a school that serves its community. We are interested in working collaboratively with other schools to improve outcomes for our children. We want Walkden to be the best it can be while still being in control of its values and ethos. I believe that being proactive by seeking a MAT that fits with us is much less risky than waiting for the RSC or DfE to pick one for us.


Mr SLennox

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