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Golborne High announces Academy conversion plans

The school is proposing to join a Multi-Academy Trust with high-performing college, Winstanley

by Editor Lowton and Golborne News

Golborne High school has today announced plans to develop a multi-academy trust in partnership with Winstanley College.

In a letter to parents, Alison Gormally, Head Teacher at Golborne High, said: “Golborne High School has grown from strength to strength over the last seven years and we have worked in partnership to ensure that our children have the best opportunities to succeed in their chosen pathways.

“Today, I want to inform you of the next, potential exciting opportunity in our journey forwards.”

She confirmed that The Governing Bodies of Golborne High School and Winstanley College will now undertake detailed evaluation, including public consultation, about whether to form a multi-academy trust.

She stressed that this is “only a proposal” at this stage, and that the final decision of each Governing Body will only be taken after this detailed work is complete.

Mrs Gormally added: ” While Golborne and Winstanley are each high performing and extremely successful now, our Governors and leadership teams share a commitment to seeking opportunities to improve further in the future. A period of detailed evaluation allows us to explore and analyse the potential of a multiacademy trust to be the basis of a successful shared future.

“It is important to emphasise that this exploration is being undertaken through choice and because we both want the best for the children and young people that we serve. If a multi-academy trust were to be formed, it would build on the strengths of Golborne and Winstanley. There would not be changes to practical aspects such as the timing of the school day, uniform (at Golborne), the school year – or to our cultures of high expectations of staff and students.”

What happens next?

It is expected that formal consultation with parents and the wider community will take place after February half-term, with more information provided about the proposals at that time.

If the Governing Bodies then decide to proceed, Golborne and Winstanley could become academies during the first half of the 2022/23 academic year, subject to Department for Education approval.

Golborne High already has plans to expand

This announcement comes only a few weeks aftera formal consultation began to allow Golborne High to permanently increase the number of pupils it can admit each year. This was in response to rising demand from parents, due to the school’s high academic performance in recent years, as well as increase in population locally.

That consultation remains ongoing.

What do you think about the multi-academy trust proposal?

Do you think this is a good thing for the pupils of Golborne High? Or would you prefer the school to remain as it is? Let us know in the comments below.


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