We have received the following response from the Queensbridge Governors regarding our concerns and request for consultation over the Proposed STEP MAT.
I direct this response to the collective of parents on whose behalf you wrote. May I trust that you can circulate this, as we do not hold details for all of them at Queensbridge School.
Thank you for taking the time to let me know your views about the proposal to consider joining a STEP MAT.
I understand that the issue is an emotive one and that the proposal has resulted in a strong response from some parents across the schools. My letter to parent and staff of 18th November 2016 laid out the reasons for us considering this change and that we would decide at our December whether or not to move onto the next stage. Governors met on 12th December, and after considering the responses received so far and the support for the petition onchange.org, unanimously decided to move to the next stage of formal consultation.
This formal consultation process will take place in early 2017 and parents, staff and other stakeholders will be provided with much more information on the options. Our main concern is to protect our ethos and focus on children’s outcomes while also protecting the terms and conditions of our staff. Queensbridge has demonstrated this protection of terms and conditions as since it became a Foundation School in 2014 (which means we employ all staff and owns the land and buildings) we have maintained as good or better terms than national and local standards.
During the consultation process, all Governors will consider carefully the responses provided before the final decision is made.
I can reassure you that while the process set down by the DfE requires that, prior to consultation, Governing Bodies have to resolve to convert to an academy, Governors will only make a final decision to convert, or not, following careful consideration of the consultation responses.
Chair of Governors