Academy News – Bristol Small MAT fights Big MAT Takeover

This is a link to details of a defence against the takeover of a small trust by by a bigger multi-national so called “Trust”. Forming a MAT from of our local schools will not be the end of the story, it is the potential for issues such as this that concern the group.

Staff and parents at Winterbourne International Academy prepare to fight school takeover by national academy chain.

A brazen public campaign was launched by staff and parents from Winterbourne International Academy yesterday to attempt to put the brakes on a process to transfer control of the beleaguered but high achieving school to a new multi-academy trust.

Around 300 parents and pupils packed into Zion United Church in Coalpit Heath, a village just to the north west of Bristol, for a meeting that saw staff go public about their frustration and anger over the takeover process, which has been instigated without consultation from the workforce or parents.

Three chains are in the running for control of the schools, including national chain Oasis Community Learning, a joint bid by local trusts Olympus and CSET, and Greenshaw Learning Trust.

Winterbourne International Academy, currently part of the small Ridings Federation trust, achieved the best exam results in South Gloucester in 2015, but has been beset by management chaos in recent years – leaving it currently without a chief executive principal.

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