Consultation 21

Consultation on Wilmington Primary School joining Endeavour MAT (the Wilmington Grammar Schools and Stone Lodge School)

The Trustees of Endeavour MAT and Wilmington Primary School are seeking your views on a proposal for Wilmington Primary school to join Endeavour MAT. Standalone academies, such as Wilmington Primary are being encouraged to join trusts and the prospect of formalising the already strong relationship that exists is an exciting opportunity for all parties.

Why are we considering the proposal?

The two trusts have shared values, strong community links and many families in common. Our commitment to providing the very best education for local children would be further strengthened by the coming together of local primary and secondary schools. The benefits to all of a shared understanding of curriculum, more opportunities to ease the transition from primary to secondary school as well as the sharing of facilities are likely to enrich provision in all of the schools. Furthermore, the economies of scale that can be achieved through the sharing of certain administrative functions will allow Wilmington Primary to focus more of its time and resource on the education of its pupils. 

Both Wilmington Primary and Endeavour MAT schools serve their communities first and foremost. While being unapologetically ambitious in our aspirations for all of our young people, we also believe that schools need a high degree of autonomy in order to be able to discharge their core functions of providing an exceptional education.

The Consultation Process – indicative timeline

 Date

Activity

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Start of consultation period

Wednesday 13th October 2021

‘Drop-in’ information session to be held at Wilmington Primary School 5-7 pm

Wednesday 20th October 2021

‘Drop-in’ information session to be held at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls 5-7 pm

Tuesday 16th November 2021

End of Consultation period

Friday 19th November 2021

Submission of application to the Regional Schools Commissioner

January-April 2022

Decision announced and progress towards Wilmington Primary School joining  Endeavour MAT

 

How can I give my views?

There are a number of ways to give your views on this proposal:

  • At the drop-in information sessions where there will be the opportunity to ask questions and complete a response form
  • By completing the response form which can be found herehttps://forms.office.com/r/qGuCd8HaaQ
  • By sending a response form to: Endeavour MAT, Wilmington Grange, Parsons Lane, Wilmington, Dartford, DA2 7BB, clearly marked ‘Consultation response’
  • By handing a response into reception at Wilmington Primary School, either of the Wilmington Grammar Schools or Stone Lodge School, clearly marked ‘Consultation response’

All responses must be received by midnight on Tuesday 16th November 2021