Islanders Invited To Hear About Future Of The Five Islands School

school summer 1Islanders are being invited to find out more about the future status of the Five Islands School.

The governors say the special event being held on 23rd April will be a chance for the community to hear about how the school could collaborate with organisations on the mainland.

That could include considering academy status.

The governors say they feel it’s essential that everyone in the school and wider community have the same opportunity to learn about this important subject.

They’ve invited two speakers over from The Learning Institute, which currently acts as an improvement partner for six multi-academy trusts and twelve individual schools.

Nick Appleby, the organisation’s Director, is the former Head of the Education Advisory Service at Cornwall Council, while Dr Pat McGovern was Director of School Improvement at Plymouth and is currently a member of the Diocese of Truro Board of Education.

They’ll be speaking about school academies and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Chairman of Governors Ben Julian stresses this isn’t a consultation on converting to academy status and no discussions have been had or decisions taken on the matter.

A switch to an academy was one of the recommendations made in March 2013 by the then Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, following an investigation by his department into governance issues at the school.

In a letter to governors, he said he “expected” the school to partner with a mainland education provider as part of a multi-academy trust “within 18 months.”

However last June, Ben Julian told councillors that legally the decision lay with the governors and they would do what was in the best interests of the children.

The meeting starts at 1.30pm in the Performance Hall at Carn Gwaval.