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Fern Hill Primary School

Fern Hill Primary School

Academy Conversion

Academy Conversion 

Background

At their meeting in January 2021, the Governing Body of Fern Hill Primary School unanimously agreed that, subject to statutory consultation, Fern Hill should apply to convert to academy status and join Kingston Educational Trust. 

Kingston Educational Trust (KET) is a state-funded educational charity created as a partnership between Kingston College, Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. KET opened, and now operates, The Kingston Academy — the secondary school adjacent to Fern Hill.

Proposed Timeline

On 2 March 2021, families at both Fern Hill and The Kingston Academy were informed of Fern Hill’s intention to explore conversion to academy status and KET’s intention to apply for multi academy trust status. You can read more about this below.

In June, a formal process of consultation will begin to enable the Governing Body to seek and consider the views of all interested parties including parents, pupils, staff and the wider local community. Only once this process has been completed will the Governing Body decide whether to take the next step in academy conversion.

Although the format of consultation will depend on the public restrictions in place, all stakeholders will have the opportunity to raise questions with members of the school’s Governing Body and the Senior Leadership Team. 

Further information on the consultation process, including how to submit comments or questions, is available here

Further Information

The communication pack sent to Fern Hill families on 2 March 2021 is attached below. It includes:

Letter to FH and TKA Families — a letter from Susan Dean, Chair of Fern Hill Governing Body, and Graham Willett, Chair of KET, to announce Fern Hill’s intention to explore conversion to academy status and KET’s intention to apply for multi academy trust status.

Letter to Families — Academy Conversion — a letter from Mr Scott providing further details on the proposal for Fern Hill to convert to academy status and join the Kingston Educational Trust, including FAQs.

Rationale for Joining Together within KET — a document written by Mr Scott and Ms Cavanagh, Headteacher of The Kingston Academy, outlining the value, and key drivers, of a formal relationship between the two schools.

Kingston Educational Trust FAQ — a document providing comprehensive information about KET including its governance, vision and values.

This page will be updated regularly throughout the consultation process. Please check back for the latest news.

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