A summary of responses to the Funding Agreement consultation about the proposed St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School
It is a statutory duty for the Trust opening a Free School to consult widely, within its community as to whether it should enter into a Funding Agreement (FA) with the Secretary of State for Education to open the school. Essentially, the Funding Agreement is a contract between the school’s trust and the Secretary of State to fund the school in the future. The school’s Admission Policy for entry to the school in September 2014 forms part of that Funding Agreement and the trust took this opportunity to consult on this issue by way of a separate question. The consultation document was placed on the schools’ website, emailed to everyone on our contacts database and circulated to other stakeholders, such as local schools (primary and secondary), local councillors, local churches and the local authorities in the area. The consultation ran for six weeks and concluded on 31st May 2013.
Responses to main question
A total of 43 responses were received. All of these responses were from individuals: no responses have been received on behalf of organisations of any sort.
Of the 43 responses to the question as to whether the Funding Agreement should be entered into with the Secretary of State, none answered “no”, 7 “don’t know” and 36 “yes”
Comments - please note that grammatical and spelling errors in the responses have been faithfully reproduced.
There were 5 comments and all are reproduced below:
Response to subsidiary issue/question, concerning Admissions Policy for 2014
Of the 43 responses, 9 said “no” to the Admissions Policy in its current form, 5 responded “don’t know” and 29 said “yes” to its adoption in its current form.
Comments – please note that grammatical and spelling errors in the responses have been faithfully reproduced.
Despite widespread distribution to interested parties and stakeholders, the number of responses is relatively low. Most parents with children attending the school did not respond – despite their very active engagement with the school and headteacher designate.
On the primary question of should the trust enter into Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State, there is an overwhelmingly positive response from respondents, with 36 out 43 (84%) responses being “YES” and 7 (16%) responding “Don’t know”. On this basis the Trust wishes to sign a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for this school.
Regarding the Admissions policy, 9 (21%) said “NO” to the suggested policy, 5 (12%) replied “Don’t know” – the remaining 29 respondents (67%) were in favour of accepting the current proposed policy. The proposed Admissions Policy is clearly acceptable to the community the school serves.
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