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Whitstable Junior School

Whitstable Junior School

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Co-operative Trust Consultation

The Coastal Alliance Co-operative Trust

Whitstable Junior School Governing Body is considering the school becoming a foundation school as part of a Co-operative Trust group with three other local schools. The documents included on this page are the formal paperwork that we have to send to our families, our staff, members of our local community and other interested parties as part of our consultation on this matter.

Please do take the time to read these and attend the information meeting on Wednesday 18th May :-

  • 2:45pm at Whitstable Junior School for Whitstable Junior Parents and Carers
  • 3:30pm at Whitstable Junior School for Whitstable Junior Staff

The following information may help as a simple introduction to the reasons why we think this is a good idea:

Why become a cooperative?

  • Firstly this proposal is not the same as the school becoming an academy but it would put us in a strong partnership with other like-minded local schools with whom we already have a long standing working relationship through membership of the Coastal Alliance. The Coastal Alliance is an informal group of schools from Whitstable and Herne Bay who hold the same aims around meeting the needs of the local community through delivering high quality education.
  • The Trust would allow us to further this work, increase value for money when purchasing goods, services or employing staff that could be shared and also to share professional development of all staff including future school leaders. The Trust would secure our working relationship without the expense and upheaval of academisation at a time of educational flux, but provide a ready-made model for the future should recent Government announcements about academisation become reality. In other words we would be able to choose who we would be academised with, ensuring our school values are maintained.
  • Whitstable Junior School would be able to maintain its current ethos and values as an individual school within a Trust group.

In practice what does this mean for the School?

  • Being a Co-operative Trust school would access us to a national and international network of schools that uphold the same ethical values.
  • The school would remain part of the Local Authority (LA) but be supported by a charitable trust who would be represented on the Governing Body. The school would still be funded by the LA, the Governors would still run the school, manage the budget and be responsible for the performance of the school.
  • We would be jointly responsible for our Trust Community but not accountable for any of the other three schools in the group.
  • No staffing changes would be necessary in terms of contracts, pension rights etc.

Which Schools would we associate with?

  • The Trust would include Swalecliffe Primary, Joy Lane Primary and Briary Primary Schools.

What changes would this mean for pupils?

  • The pupils would still be taught by WJS teachers and staff and still access the many Coastal Alliance events and activities that are already in place.