The academisation process of Clapham and Patching School to join the South Downs Educational Trust moves on. We are now entering the next phase of Stakeholder consultations.
This is the letter which is being sent to all interested parties. Maggie Somerset has permission of The Chair of Governors to share it with village residents:
"The Academy Order issued by the Regional School's Commissioner on 15 June now allows the school to convert and join South Downs Education Trust multi-academy comprising Worthing High School.
We are working with the County Council, The Diocese of Chichester, the Trust and the RSC to manage all the practical and legal steps to convert with a planned date of 1 October. Until then the school remains under the control of the Local Authority.
Throughout the consultation on the school's future and at various public meetings, council Committee and Cabinet meetings, joining SDET was the option much discussed and preferred by the majority of stakeholders as the alternative to closing the school on 31 August.
The Trust's plans are to maintain the distinctive Christian ethos and nurturing environment of the school, and to build up pupil numbers gradually.
You can read more about SDET at https://www.worthinghigh.net/page/?title=Introduction+to+SDET&pid=28
If you have any comments to make about the school's conversion to an academy please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org by August 17th.
David Longmore, Chair of Governors Jane Jones, Headteacher"