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Potential Growth of The Olympus Academy Trust

The Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) Board of Directors has been considering next steps for the Trust with an emphasis on working within our local communities and creating greater economies of scale to support learning in our schools.  This will involve growing beyond our current 4 member schools but without diluting or losing what is special about our schools and Trust.  This would necessitate a change in our Trust leadership and governance structures in order to be fit for purpose so a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to prepare us for growth. 

You will probably have seen a lot of media coverage in recent weeks about a government announcement that all schools must become academies by 2022.  This has provoked a strong reaction across the education community and has implications for organisations such as ours.  If all schools are to become academies, there will need to be more multi-academy trusts and many of those already in place will need to grow.  Following a Board meeting on the last evening of last term, the time has now come to share plans for the next few months.

On 23rd March, the Board of Directors agreed to the following plan of action, based on requests from the following schools to join OAT:


1) To enable Patchway Community College (already an academy) to join OAT, subject to appropriate financial support from the Department for Education
2) To conduct due diligence with a view to Filton Hill Primary School joining OAT
3) To conduct due diligence with a view to Stoke Lodge Primary School and Callicroft Primary School (already academies within the Cosmos Academy Trust) joining OAT.  The Cosmos Academy Trust would cease to exist as a multi-academy trust.

All of these schools are located within our local partnership area and we already have close working relationships with them.  Some pupils from all the primaries already transfer to OAT secondaries at the start of Year 7 and Patchway is a key partner in the Concorde Partnership which provides all our shared post 16 and some Key Stage 4 courses.  The Board of Directors recognises that some additional support will be needed from the Trust for these schools if they join OAT but also that they will bring additional expertise and capacity into the Trust when they join.  The earliest any of these schools could join OAT would be September 2016 and we would aim to complete the transfer for all of them by the start of 2017 unless there are unforeseen difficulties.

We wanted to share this information with you at the earliest opportunity but it is important to say that the decision about whether any or all of these proposals can proceed ultimately lies with the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South-West.  A new Commissioner, Rebecca Clark, starts in post at the beginning of May and we will be discussing our plans with her at the earliest opportunity.  Our priority remains making sure that whatever size and whatever structure the Trust is, each school will be focusing on providing the best possible education for its learners with support and challenge from OAT.  We will provide you with updates over the coming weeks and an opportunity to come and discuss the proposals with us.

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Dave Baker                                                          Richard Sloan
CEO and Executive Headteacher                   Chair of Directors