Berkhamsted Educational Trust Consultation

Berkhamsted Educational Trust Consultation

The school Governing Body has been carefully considering the future strategy for Greenway Primary & Nursery School given the wider Government policy on education and the running of schools. Our school is performing well with a current Ofsted judgement of Outstanding. However, in an increasingly challenging educational landscape we recognise that maintaining and improving school performance needs a fresh and sustainable plan. We believe that the proposal below will enable us to provide an even better educational experience for our children at Greenway Primary & Nursery and young people in the town.

The Proposed Plan

Governors and Headteachers from five schools in Berkhamsted have been exploring how to develop deeper school-to-school
partnership for a few months, having already seen some of the benefits of highly effective collaborative working. These schools are:

  • Ashlyns School
  • Bridgewater Primary School
  • Greenway Primary & Nursery School
  • Swing Gate Infant School & Nursery
  • Westfield Primary School & Nursery

The schools’ Governing Bodies and Headteachers have developed a proposal to create a new multi academy trust, The Berkhamsted Educational Trust.

We are confident that the Berkhamsted Educational Trust would enable each school to build on their existing strengths through even greater collaboration and joint working between member schools.

The proposed multi academy trust would be established in November 2017 by all five schools, which would each convert to
academy status.

We would wish to reassure you and the wider community within Berkhamsted that we would continue to work collaboratively with all the town’s church schools.

We have set out in more detail the plan, benefits, vision and management of the proposed Berkhamsted Educational Trust in a consultation document (see link below). Please take time to read this important document so you can see how this change will benefit your children.

Consultation on the Proposed Plan

Governors wish to consult with parents, carers, staff, students and the wider school community on the proposal. The consultation will run from Tuesday June 20th until Friday, July 14th.

We would like to invite parents and carers to attend a joint meeting at Ashlyns School, 7.30pm, Monday, July 3rd.  
The Headteacher, Katharine Ellwood, Governors and colleagues from the other schools will make a brief presentation before giving you the chance to have any questions answered about what the proposal will mean for our school as well as schools across Berkhamsted.

Please e-mail any specific questions you have, or areas of interest relating to the proposal you will wish to know more about, to by Friday, June 30th.

We are also conducting an online survey (paper copies are available on request) to understand your views before making a final decision at the end of July 2017.

The survey will go live after the meeting on July 3rd.

Click here to take the survey – 

Click here for PowerPoint presentation of meeting on 3rd July.

Click here for – Response to Parent/Carer Questions

Click here for Berkhamsted Educational Trust Consultation Report, July 2017

Click here for Draft Scheme of Delegation, July 2017

Statement re Berkhamsted Educational Trust, July 2017

Useful Links

Consultation document 
Letter to parents