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Consultation to convert to an academy and join a multi-academy trust


3 October to 30 November 2017

Governors met on 14 December to discuss the outcomes of the consultation.

On 5 January governors met to resolve to proceed to become an academy and join The Bridge London Trust, subject to the outcomes of the due diligence.

Consultation Meetings


Richard Cloudesley School Staff  - 18 October 2017 at 4:30 pm at the primary site


Families - 19 October at 10:00 am at the secondary site (all parents welcome)

              - 3 November at 10:00 am at the primary site (all parents welcome)


Academy conversion frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers

New questions and responses are in green.

This document has been prepared by the governing body to inform stakeholders about academies, multi-academy trusts (MATs), and The Bridge London Trust proposal. As we receive responses to the consultation we will update these FAQs on the school website.


The questions are grouped into the following sections:

A. General questions about academies

B. Consultation and decision-making procedures

C. Richard Cloudesley School and The Bridge London Trust

D. Governance and accountability arrangements

E. Impact on pupils and families

F. Impact on staff

G. Miscellaneous questions

Governors and senior staff are happy to receive correspondence in any form.


Emails should be addressed to:


Letters should be marked “Private and Confidential - Academy Proposal” and handed in to the school office, so they can be quickly forwarded on. All correspondence will be acknowledged (unless, of course, it is anonymous).


In addition, an open consultation meeting will be held at the school for staff and a separate one for parents and carers. This will be an opportunity to:


  • Hear why the governing body took the decision to investigate academy conversion
  • Ask questions and/or raise concerns
  • Share your views on the proposal
  • Hear views on whether, if the school was to become an academy, it would be advantageous, disadvantageous or neutral to minority and vulnerable groups.