Have your say on new status for Bletchingdon School

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Parents and other interested parties have until February 25 to comment on plans for Bletchingdon Parochial School to become a ‘voluntary aided’ establishment.

The governing body has published a statutory notice over the change, which will mean the school will no longer be controlled by the local authority.

The change in status will let the school access new sources of funding as well as the Diocese of Oxford’s support networks.

School leaders say the change will also help prevent a new status being forced on it, and give it more control over its future.

Governors have expressed concern that if it was moved to academy status, the school could lose its identity and its community management.

The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education is responsible for 280 schools, which are a mix of voluntary controlled and aided.

If the change is approved, staff will be employed by the governing body instead of the local authority.

The new governing body will continue to include elected parent representatives as well as representatives of the staff, the local authority, and the Bletchingdon Charity.

All National Curriculum requirements will still apply to the school.

Further details and response questionnaires can be found under the ‘Consultations’ section of Oxfordshire County Council’s website at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk.