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School Academy conversion delayed until August

Five Islands School on the Isles of Scilly will hopefully convert to Academy status on August 1st.

A letter was sent to parents yesterday from Jackie Eason, chair of the Interim Executive Board, informing them that the date has been delayed by a further month.

It read: "The conversion date is looking set for August 1st (2018!). I received an email from the Department of Education last week recommending that this was the most realistic conversion date. This one-month delay is due to timelines of dates of meetings where transfer agreements will formally be recognised, linking back in to legal teams being able to draw up agreements etc.

"As always, this date is currently our best estimated target and not set in stone, but it’s currently looking like a realistic prospect."

Five Islands Academy will join the Leading Edge Academies Partnership multi-academy trust (MAT), which includes Mounts Bay Academy and proposed additional partners Ludgvan, St Hilary and St Buryan Academies.

The school was originally intended to convert on May 1st 2017 but has been recognised by the Department of Education as one of the most complicated conversions it has had to oversee.

Jackie Eason told This is Scilly: "The IEB have been very grateful for the support that the school has received from all parties working together including the Local Authority, the Diocese, the Regional Schools Commissioner, The Duchy of Cornwall, Mounts Bay school and the Department of Education. It’s been a real team effort.

“The delays have allowed us to form strong working relationships with Mounts Bay school prior to formally joining with them. We’ve also already benefitted from other primaries who are planning to join the MAT. This allows us to be confident that we have the right partners who will be able to support us into the future."


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