Paul Bevan, Chair of Governors at UTC@harbourside, has written to parents to inform them that the Governing Body has agreed in principle to join Aldridge Education, the multi-academy trust established by UTC sponsor the Aldridge Foundation in September.
Paul Bevan said “Government policy is for all academies and free schools, including UTCs, to link together in multi-academy trusts (MATs). By federating with schools with similar values and complementary facilities, smaller schools especially can offer a wider curriculum to students, benefit from stronger finances and pool resources for future development and growth.”
“The Aldridge Foundation is a founding sponsor of the UTC, alongside the University of Brighton, Lewes District Council and Veolia. Aldridge has been supporting the UTC since the start with educational expertise and administrative services. Indeed our Principal at harbourside, Adanma Umunna, is an Aldridge principal. The Aldridge Education national multi-academy trust will include its academies in Falmer and Portslade with whom we already work closely.”
“The UTC will be financially stronger within the MAT. While overall financial responsibility will move to the national MAT board, the UTC governing body will still steer the school. We will retain our clear identity, ethos and vision, as well as our special partnerships with the University of Brighton and businesses.”
“We will be educationally stronger too. The Principal and staff will simply transfer over. Amongst the tangible benefits will be our capacity to extend our offer to students, for example in sports and languages, and in teaching and learning methods.”
The target date for the transition is 1 February 2017. The decision for both academies to join the multi-academy trust has to be ratified by the Regional Schools Commissioner.