DfE & ESFA
Please see attached statement from our Chair of Governors, Mrs Caroline Prosser, following the publication of an Investigation Report by the ESFA into non-compliance of mandatory procedures and misconduct by previous school employees. As a result of this investigation, the school has also received a Financial Noticice to Improve. Mrs Loftus and her team are already working hard and dealing with any actions set out in the FNtI to ensure any actions are completed swiftly and relevant measures put in place.
We appreciate this may cause concern to our School Community, but we hope you take some reassurance from the fact that those members of staff named within these reports are historical staff members and are no longer employed by the school. Already lots of control measures and procedures have been implemented by both Mrs Loftus and our School Business Manager, Mrs Murphy to ensure school complies with all their obligations. We are confident that school will begin to flourish again and rebuild it's whilst continuing to provide a great educational setting for our children.
You will note that the FNti contains a requirement to join a Multi-Academy Trust. This is standard where there is an FNti, and indeed the ESFA are actively trying to encourage single academy trusts like ours to become part of a MAT regardless of any FNti. Prior to the issuing of this FNti, the Trustees had already decided that joining a MAT would be an excellent opportunity for the school and have been actively sourcing one that suits our school. We have discussed this with the staff today and the benefits that being part of a MAT will bring to the pupils and to the staff. We do not expect a decision to be made before the end of November at the earliest, and will keep you up to date