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Brannel School joins Newquay academies

By Natasha Swift 17th May 2017

Brannel School joins Newquay academies
HEAD Andy Edmonds with Chair of Governers Cat Scutt, Samantha Fairbairn, Sarah Karkee and Sue Martin

A CLAY Country secondary school has become the latest to covert to academy status after joining forces with two schools in Newquay.

On Monday Brannel School revealed it would teaming up with Newquay Education Trust (NET), which already includes Newquay Junior Academy and Newquay Tretherras.

Brannel had been waiting for the go ahead from the regional schools commissioner before making the announcement on Monday.

Head of Brannel Andy Edmonds, Cat Scutt, who is chair of governors at Brannel, Samantha Fairbairn, head at Tretherras, chair of NET, Sarah Karkeek, and CEO of NET, Sue Martin, met on Monday to discuss the ways in which the schools will be working together.

Brannel will shortly be consulting with parents formally about its application to join Newquay Education Trust (NET) as an academy.

This follows approval from the Department of Education for these discussions and consultations to take place.

If the consultation process is successfully completed, the school could convert to an academy sometime during the Autumn Term.

Mr Edmonds told the Voice: “We are excited by the discussions taking place and the prospect of being able to work more closely with other schools.

“This will enhance the many opportunities our students already have access to as well as providing greater financial savings in the long term.

“I would like to reassure all parents, students and our staff that we intend to keep them fully informed of the progress of the process and it is unlikely that they will see significant changes to the school.

“In particular, the recent announcements regarding uniform will go ahead as planned.”
Mr Edmonds said nothing would change once the school had joined forces with NET and the logo, name and uniform would remain exactly the same.

He told the Voice: “Brannel School after conversion will be almost identical to the Brannel School that we have now. Hopefully in the longer term it’ll be stronger and better.”

In the coming weeks, parents will be asked for their views on the school’s plans and invited to meet with school leaders if they have any questions.

Staff will be consulted and are being reassured that no changes to staffing are planned as part of the process.

By Natasha Swift 17th May 2017

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