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Rainham and Hornchurch schools propose to form new multi-academy trust

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 March 2017

Scargill Infants School in Rainham

Scargill Infants School in Rainham

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Looking to the future, three schools are proposing to form a multi-academy trust, in a bid to fall in line with government plans.

Scargill Infant School, Scargill Junior School, Mungo Park Road, Rainham, and Whybridge Junior School, Blacksmith’s Lane, Hornchurch, have launched a consultation asking for people’s views on the schools uniting to become the Hornchurch Academy Trust.

Letters have been sent out to parents and questionnaires have been created not only for their benefit but also school staff, governors and residents, asking what they think of the proposal.

The letter addressed to parents states: “As many of you will be aware, the Department for Education for recent months promoted a clear message that all schools will become academies by 2022 and that local authorities will no longer maintain schools.

“We, as a collaboration of three schools, have recognised this direction for some time and have been thoroughly researching the best option for our schools.

“Consequently, we will be joining together to form a brand new multi-academy trust called the Hornchurch Academy Trust.

“Please be assured that the three schools will maintain their high standards of education and care for the pupils and families in our community.”

The schools’ application to convert to academy status has been given the green light and are working towards a conversion date of July 1 2017.

The consultation process will run until March 31.

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