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Message regarding Government White Paper

Message from the Headteacher with regards to the Government plans for all schools to be academies by 2020.

Following the most recent government announcement that all schools must become academies by 2020, Governors will take a considered decision about the way forward for St Saviour’s and St Olave’s. 

Over the last few years the school leadership team and governors have regularly evaluated the option of becoming an academy.  As a Voluntary Aided school we have always enjoyed a considerable amount of autonomy and academy status did not offer any clear benefit to our students, staff or community. 

First and foremost in our actions will be what is right for our students, our staff and our school. In all decisions we now make, a central consideration will be to ensure that the character and ethos of our school must be protected.  We will proceed in accordance with all guidance and legislation and will ensure parents and community are consulted and informed as appropriate. 

Catherine May, Headteacher              

In addition, the school is working closely with the SDBE who have released this statement which may be of interest.

“Following the publication of last week’s White Paper on Education the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education will continue to work closely with the Governing Bodies of our Church of England Schools to ensure that the implications of the White Paper enable us to continue to meet the needs of our school communities both now and into the future.  

The SDBE is proud of its schools and their performance; any future structural change will preserve the inclusive and distinctive Christian character of each school.  The SDBE has been preparing, for some time, for structural change in the light of this Government’s agenda on academisation.  Any conversion from Voluntary Aided status to academy status will be implemented over time.  The Government is not taking immediate powers to force conversion where schools are affective.” 

Mr C Powell, Diocesan Director of Education