School’s ‘excellent’ chance


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A CLEVEDON primary school could become part of a multi-academy trust in a bid to learn from the successful work being carried out at the town’s secondary school.

Yeo Moor Primary School in Kennaway Road is currently carrying out a consultation on the proposal which its chairman of governors, Gavin Waller, believes will be an ‘excellent opportunity for the school’, listing the chance for ‘teacher development’ and ‘cost-saving’ as the main reasons behind joining the trust (MAT).

In a newsletter posted on the Yeo Moor website, Mr Waller has also answered questions parents of the school’s pupils may have.

Clevedon School is an academy which has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and has been urged by the Department of Education to form MATs with other schools to pass on its experience.

Yeo Moor Primary School has been rated as ‘requires improvement’ and so cannot become an academy school without the help of a highly-rated school. The low rating was given as inspectors were concerned about some pupils not making the expected progress and also because teaching was not consistently rated as ‘good’. On a more positive note, Ofsted thought the management of the school were doing a good job and that the school was safe, friendly and inclusive.

The Times undestands at least one other school, believed to be Tickenham primary, has an interest in joining the MAT.

The consultation period is due to end on October 31, which, if passed, would see the MAT begin operating at either the end of this year or early in 2015.

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Anyone wanting to express their view on the subject can speak to headteacher Roland Lovatt or any of the school governors. There is also a Facebook page titled ‘Yeo Moor Primary School Facebook Group’, where all questions and answers will be posted.