Consultation on Proposal to join Newcastle East mixed multi Academy Trust (NEAT)

MESSAGE FROM THE FULL GOVERNING BODY OF ARCHBISHOP RUNCIE CHURCH OF ENGLAND (VA) FIRST SCHOOL

8th March 2019

Dear Stakeholders

After careful consideration of the responses to the consultation, the Full Governing Body of ARFS has decided that, at the present time, we are not going to progress with the proposal to join Newcastle East mixed-multi Academy Trust.

We would like to thank all stakeholders for their engagement with, and contributions to, the consultation process. A summary of the feedback has been produced and is available on the school website, for your information.

We appreciate your responses to the consultation and, in particular, the assistance that has been offered i.e. playing the piano in Worship, as Reading Buddies to the children, or to come into school and undertake discrete administrative tasks. Parents also have an opportunity to join our newly formed Parent Council.

As the challenges our school faces have not changed, the Governors will now be considering alternative options to enable the school to thrive. The Governors will look at a range of options, including those suggested by stakeholders during the consultation, to enable the school to further improve and to ensure a bright and flourishing future for our children. 

Kind regards

ARFS Governing Body

 

Summary of Feedback

At the school we have 174 pupils which attribute to a total of 133 families. We had three rounds of feedback as part of the consultation, but due to the way we collected the information we have anonymous entries in rounds two and three. To provide a balanced view of the results we have cleaned the data to remove duplicate votes across the three rounds of feedback (taking the last vote as the final decision) and extracted the anonymous views that could not be definitively attributed back to a family. We are also aware of the letter that was submitted by 20 of the parents and these views have been counted. From the 133 families 57 families did not provide any response (43%) and 76 families did provide a response (57%).

For the total population of identifiable views, the results are as follows:

Disagree

62

47%

No Response

57

43%

Agree

10

7%

Do not wish to express a view

4

3%

Total

133

100%

 

Of the 76 families that did respond in any of the three rounds the results are as follows:

Disagree

62

82%

Agree

10

13%

Do not wish to express a view

4

5%

Total

76

100%

 

Because of the ability to provide anonymous feedback we had 138 views that could not be attributed to a family. In many cases these votes could be double/triple counted (as the same people may have responded to each round of feedback). Therefore, for the sake of openness and transparency, these views are split as follows (generally following the trend of the overall population views):

Disagree

52

38%

Do not wish to express a view

42

30%

Already provided views

27

20%

Agree

17

12%

Total

138

100%