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Public consultation about future status of two schools in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Puiblic consultation about future status of schools
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A PUBLIC consultation event will be taking place in Leek about changes set to be made to the statuses of two schools in the town.

The Leek Federation formed in September 2012 and is made up of Churnet View Middle School, Leek High School and Westwood College.

The college has already gained trust status, and now the governors of the Leek Federation are considering whether or not to apply for trust status for both Churnet View and Leek High schools.

Westwood College is a Trust school with the Leek Federation Learning Trust, formerly known as the Westwood Co-operative Learning Trust.

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Now the Leek Federation is consulting with parents and other stakeholders about turning Leek High and Churnet View into a foundation trust school and joining them into the Leek Federation Learning Trust.

A Trust School is a local authority maintained school which is supported by a charitable trust. Trusts can be set up by individual schools or groups of schools, and usually involve collaboration with partners. Churnet View Middle School and Leek High Specialist Technology School are interested in joining the Leek Federation Learning Trust. In addition to the three schools there would be partners and associates of the Trust, who would work together using co-operative principles as a foundation for continued and improved collaboration. The Trust works with the Co-operative College, and involves adopting co-operative values. There are currently some 700 schools nationally that are members of Co-operative Trusts, a mutually beneficial ethical Trust model.

A public meeting is being held at Leek High School on Tuesday (January 28) as part of the consultation process to gain trust status for Leek High and Churnet View schools.

The meeting will be held in three sections: for staff at 4pm, parents at 5.30pm, and members of the public at 6.30pm.

For further information about the consultation go to www.churnetview.staffs.sch.uk or www.leekhigh.staffs.sch.uk.

SEE next week's Leek Post & Times for the Leek Federation's executive principal Keith Hollins' thoughts on the proposed changes.

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