‘Trust status will help to improve pupils’ education’ says Fareham headteacher

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BECOMING a foundation school will build better bridges with nearby primaries, a headteacher has said.

Henry Cort Community College in Fareham wants to acquire charitable status by establishing a trust and then become a foundation school.

A trust is a membership organisation that allows parents and students to become members and have more of a say in the future of the school.

Principal Phil Munday said: ‘It’s a way of building stronger relationships with our primary schools, particularly to do with the teaching and what works and what doesn’t.

‘We think we could do more work with our partner schools so we are teaching more consistently.

‘We think by building a strong relationship we will be able to share best practice better and improve the outcomes for children.’

To become a foundation school, Henry Court must first become a trust, which are local authority-maintained and supported by a charitable trust.

A foundation has a governing body that has more control than in community schools.

Mr Munday said it is a good way for children to have more of a voice.

‘It gives a degree of ownership to the children,’ he said.

‘The idea of having a student council becomes a bit more serious.

‘You’re a member of this school and this trust and you have got a right to experience your views about it.

‘It’s building more responsibility for the students.’

Mr Munday said the move will enable the school to have more independence but without leaving the local authority.

‘It’s an alternative to becoming an academy,’ he said. We think we work well with the county but this gives us a bit more independence.’

Becoming a foundation school means the governing body will employ the staff, rather than Hampshire County Council.

A consultation meeting will take place at the school on Monday from 5pm.