Press Release

Oxted School consults on becoming a Foundation School

The Governors of Oxted School have voted unanimously in favour of initiating the process to become a Foundation School and converting to Academy Status within a Multi-Academy Trust as the next stage of its strategy to become an ‘outstanding’ school. The Governors are confident that these changes would place the School in a strong position to face the many potential educational changes which lie ahead and secure its future success.

Foundation schools are still maintained and funded by the local authority in the same way that Oxted School is at present. However, foundation status will bring significant benefits for the School notably:

  • greater autonomy and control over the strategic direction and development of the School
  • more opportunities to improve school progress and raise the attainment of students
  • increased collaboration with The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT), to add strength and depth to the school’s leadership model
  • additional flexibility to improve the School’s facilities

Brian Taylor, Chair of Governors at the School said:

“The School has made great strides over the last 12 months and Governors have been considering how to take the School into the next phase of its development.

“We believe that by becoming a Foundation School we will be better able to influence and control the future direction of the School to improve standards and the educational and other experiences of our students, whilst maintaining the unique character and ethos of the School”

The Governing Body has now published a formal proposal setting out its plans for foundation status which is available to read on the school website at www.oxtedschool.co.uk

All stakeholders - including parents, staff and other interested parties in the community - are invited to comment on the proposal over a four week period which will run from 7 January to 4 February 2015. The Governing Body will then consider any representations received and determine whether or not to implement the proposal and become a Foundation School.

In addition, the Governors have voted in favour of initiating the process to enable the School to join the Multi-Academy Trust, (THPT), with whom it has been working closely since September 2013.  A further and separate consultation will be required if the Governors recommend becoming an Academy School.

Over the last three years, the School has dramatically improved its educational performance, particularly over the last year when most state schools have seen their standards decline. The percentage of pupils securing 5 A*-C results at GCSE has risen from 55% in 2011 to 73% last year, which is significantly above the national average.

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09 January 2015


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