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Morton CE Primary School

Morton CE Primary School

Our Multi Academy Trust

Morton Church of England Primary School is now an academy within the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust as of 1st September 2016. More information about the Trust is detailed below.

What are the benefits of converting to an academy and joining the LAAT?

LAAT can set a strong, shared strategic vision across all the academies within its group, and can enable its academies to have better access to resources and support through economies of scale.

Other benefits of joining LAAT include:

  • Help and support from LAAT central to academies which releases time for strategic planning, better use of resources and benefits of economies of scale. Each LAAT academy maintains its own unique identity but we believe that by working together we can achieve more than one academy working alone. Our academies seek to serve their local communities; they are inclusively welcoming children of the Christian faith, of other faiths or of no faith, children from all backgrounds and of all abilities. 
  • Membership of a wider organisation which believes in the infinite worth of each person. Children deserve the very best education and staff deserve the support to deliver this.
  • LAAT’s structure is strong, widely recognised and uses collaborative systems which aid academies to be mutually supportive in raising educational attainment and standards;
  • LAAT’s structure allows for an increase in shared knowledge and good practice across the academies within LAAT;
  • Academies are able to contribute strategically to the direction which the Trust takes in a way which schools could not in a Local authority.
  • Consolidation and forward planning - your school’s formal commitment to join LAAT allows for the adoption of long-lasting arrangements leading to long-term viability and effectiveness.

Research has shown the following benefits of the MAT structures:

  • Financial savings through economies of scale and improved recruitment and retention of staff;
  • Improved qualities of leadership/creative leadership and increased quality of specialist support;
  • Enhanced opportunities for Continuing Professional Development;
  • The MAT structure can create a climate of further innovation.

Converting to Academy Status 

Academies are independent state-funded schools which receive their funding directly from central government, directly through the Education Funding Agency (EFA), rather than a local authority.

If your school is a church school and it converts to be an academy it will automatically retain its religious designation.

What is a Multi Academy Trust? 

LAAT is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which has been approved by the DfE (Department for Education) as an academy sponsor and to operate a number of academies under a single charitable company.

The Board of Directors for LAAT are responsible for the financial and strategic direction of the Trust.

The Directors key responsibilities are:

  1. to ensure the quality of educational provision at academies operated by the LAAT
  2. to challenge and monitor the work of the Senior Executives regarding the operation of the academies within LAAT
  3. to comply with the terms of its Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education; and
  4. to manage the LAAT finances, property and assets

The Board of Directors for LAAT will ultimately be accountable and responsible for the performance of your school to the DfE, through the Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.

Each school which joins the Trust would have a Local Governing Body to which functions are delegated by the Board of Directors (more detail below).

What is the Constitution of the LAAT? 

Academies are constituted as companies limited by guarantee. They are also charities. The constitution of the LAAT is contained within its Articles of Association, which regulates how it manages its formal business.

Is LAAT only open to church schools? 

No. The fact that the LAAT is established as a majority Trust at Members and Directors level means that any school can join the Trust. Community schools joining LAAT would continue to function as Community schools and their Governance would reflect this. Becoming an academy cannot be used as a way of changing your Church school or non-church school status. Should you wish this to change status then Governors would need to apply to become a church school prior to joining the Trust, however this is not a requirement or an expectation.

What will the conversion mean in terms of the running and management of our school? 

If your school joins the LAAT, the Trust would become your employer and be responsible for the overall effectiveness of your school. LAAT is accountable to the DfE and must meet certain defined standards. As an academy you would continue to be monitored by Ofsted and SIAMs.

What changes will there be to the constitution of our Governing Body? 

All Academy trusts have at least two layers of governance, the members (equivalent to shareholders) and the Directors who are responsible for making sure that the Academy Trust achieves its objectives. The Members are the owners of the company. They appoint the Directors, approve the annual accounts and ensure the MAT’s objectives are upheld.

The Directors are a strategic group which has oversight of the workings of the Trust and are responsible to the Secretary of state. The Directors are unpaid non-executives and work with the Senior Executives within the MAT to ensure that high standards are maintained. The Directors of LAAT are a range of professionals covering the areas of finance, education, clergy, HR and education.

LAAT also has a third layer of governance with the Academy’s Local Governing Body. The LGB will have powers for the day to day running of the academy. Powers are delegated to the LGB by the Directors according to their point on the scheme of delegation i.e. good and outstanding schools have a high degree of autonomy whilst weaker schools would gain powers and autonomy as they improve.

How would admission arrangements change once our school became an academy with the LAAT? 

LAAT becomes the Admission Authority for the Academy. This means the admission criteria can be altered (providing they are in accordance with the Admissions Code). In relation to the administration of admissions, Academies are in the same position as a VC (Voluntary Controlled) school. For the main September intake, the LA continues to co-ordinate the process. All applications are sent to and received by them and they rank admission in accordance with admission criteria. The LA send out all offer letters to parents informing the academy of the number of places awarded.

For more information on LAAT please visit their website:

http://thelaat.co.uk/

or contact via: 103 Newport, Lincoln, LN1 3EE - E-mail: enquiries@laat.co.uk - Phone: 01522 504014