Academy Information

7th September 2017 – Academisation Update

Dear Families /Staff /Governors

In June 2016, Delius’ application to convert to academy status and to join Southfield Grange Trust (SGT) was paused by Delius’ Governors following the placing of Grange Technology College in Special Measures following its Ofsted inspection.   Since then, Grange Technology College has had three positive Inspection Reports, in November 2016, March 2017 and in the Summer term 2017 as the Trust has worked very effectively to improve standards at the College by working with other educational mainstream partners.

At the same time, Southfield and Delius have been working together to support Bradford Local Authority in its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Review and with the Department for Education (DfE) and the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) to secure and agree the way forward in relation to Delius’ conversion to academy status. In December 2016 and January 2017 Delius’ Governors reviewed the options for Academisation and resolved again to apply to the Southfield Grange Trust.  Our new application was made in early April 2017.

We wrote to you in May 2017 to tell you that the DfE and the RSC have approved our joint aim of starting a specialist SEND Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in Bradford and agreed to restart our Academisation. The outcome of the application was expected towards the end of the Autumn term 2017, having been delayed by the announcement of the General Election.

As reported in the press in May 2017, Grange Technology College will leave Southfield Grange Trust to join a new MAT with Guiseley School from Leeds.

Southfield and Delius can then develop a SEND MAT, to further improve the provision for SEND in Bradford.  It will build on the strong reputation of both Southfield and Delius schools, and their effective partnership, developing its capacity for supporting the ‘Local Offer’ of ‘world class’ specialist and inclusive educational provision for children with SEND by inviting other special schools, initially from the Bradford District Area Partnership (DAP) of schools, to convert as academies and join the trust.

As you will recall, Sally Birkbeck, Chair of Governors of Delius, became a Trustee of Southfield Grange Trust on 31 March 2017.

We are very pleased to tell you that we received the Order to become an Academy on the last day of term in July 2017, and that we now have a conversion date  of December 1st 2017.

Formal consultation

Formal consultation will take place with yourselves and the community from

Monday 11th September 2017 to Friday 6th October 2017 at 12 noon

Please read the Consultation documentation, when it is sent out to you next week.  It will also be on the school website, on Bradford Schools On line and available from school on request.

Please attend the meetings at Delius School below if you can:-

Staff and Unions

Wednesday 13th September 2017: 3.15pm – 4pm

Drop in for staff to meet with Governors (no SLT)

Monday 18th September 2017: 11.45am-1.15pm (with lunch provided)

Drop in for staff to meet with Unions  (no SLT)

Wednesday 20th September 2017: 3.15pm – 4pm

Parents, professional and community

Monday 25th September 2017: 9.30am – 10.30am and 5.30pm – 6.30pm

The plans outlined above should not impact on day to day life at Delius, but will allow us to contribute even more to the development of SEND provision across Bradford.

In the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

16th May 2017 – Academisation Update

Dear Parents /Staff /Governors

In June 2016, Delius’ application to convert to academy status and to join Southfield Grange Trust (SGT) was paused by Delius’ Governors following the placing of Grange Technology College in Special Measures following its Ofsted inspection.   Since then, Grange Technology College has had two positive Inspection Reports, in November 2016 and March 2017, as the Trust has worked very effectively to improve standards at the College by working with other educational mainstream partners.

At the same time, Southfield and Delius have been working together to support Bradford Local Authority in its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Review and with the Department for Education (DfE) and the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) to secure and agree the way forward in relation to Delius’ conversion to academy status.  In December 2016 and January 2017 Delius’ Governors reviewed the options for Academisation and resolved again to apply to the Southfield Grange Trust.  Our new application was made in early April 2017.

We are pleased to tell you that the DfE and the RSC have approved our joint aim of starting a SEND MAT in Bradford and agreed to restart our Academisation.  The outcome of the application is expected towards the end of the Autumn term 2017, delayed by the announcement of the General Election.  Grange Technology College will leave SGT to join a new Multi-Academy Trust, allowing Southfield and Delius to develop a SEND Multi Academy Trust, to further improve the provision for SEND in Bradford.

As you may have seen in the press recently, the Trustees of The Southfield Grange Trust, which oversees the running of Southfield School and Grange Technology College, are planning a period of consultation on proposals which would result in the two schools continuing their development under separate multi academy trusts while remaining co-located at the Southfield Grange Campus in Little Horton, Bradford.

Operating under a new name, The Southfield Grange Trust, on the basis of the strong reputation of Southfield School, would then develop its capacity for supporting the ‘Local Offer’ of specialist and inclusive educational provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), by admitting Delius School and inviting other special schools, initially from the Bradford District Area Partnership (DAP) of schools, to convert as academies and join the trust.

As part of this process, Sally Birkbeck, as Chair of Governors of Delius, joined the Trustees of SGT on 31 March 2017.

The plans outlined above should not impact on day to day life at Delius, but will allow us to contribute even more to the development of SEND provision across Bradford.

Delius plans to consult you and other stakeholders on our Academisation later in the summer term.   In the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

Sally Joy & Sally Birkbeck

 

28th June 2016

Dear parents

You may have seen in the T & A on Monday 27th June 2016 that, following an Ofsted inspection last month, Grange Technology College, part of the Southfield Grange Trust, has been placed in special measures.  Sally Joy the Headteacher and I, Sally Birkbeck, the Chair of Governors are obviously in touch with Dominic Wall, Chief Executive of Southfield Grange Trust, and Sally Joy has spoken to Judy Cheung, the Department for Education lead for the academisation process, about the possible impact on Governors’ plans for Delius.  In light of those discussions, our recommendation is that Delius should not move forward with academisation until at least the start of the new academic year.

Sally Joy will be sending out a letter to staff and governors to keep all concerned up to date with developments.

On 21st March Delius Governing Body agreed to join Southfield Grange Trust.

  • School will continue to consult with staff, pupils, families, stakeholders and the wider community
  • The consultation will include meetings, Question and Answer sessions and further information
  • Please check the Delius school website (google Delius Special School), letters and texts for further information

Please do not hesitate to contact either Sally Birkbeck, Chair of Governors or Sally Joy, headteacher at school, by phone 01274 666472, or by email Office@deliusspecialschool.co.uk.

23rd March 2016

Dear Parents and carers

We wrote to you on the 14th March 2016 to inform you the Governors of Delius had decided that the school should become an academy and join a Multi Academy Trust.

We outlined the following:

What is a Multi Academy Trust?

  • A Multi Academy Trust (or “MAT”) is a collection of one or more schools which have become academies.
  • The local authority decides which children attend a MAT.
  • MATs are inspected by Ofsted.
  • The MAT receives funding directly from the government and is not part of the local authority.
  • The academies within a MAT support each other and other schools.

14th March 2016

Dear Parents and carers,
The Governors of Delius have decided that the school should become an academy and join a Multi Academy Trust.

What is a Multi Academy Trust?

  • A Multi Academy Trust (or “MAT”) is a collection of one or more schools which have become academies.
  • The local authority decides which children attend a MAT.
  • MATs are inspected by Ofsted.
  • The MAT receives funding directly from the government and is not part of the local authority.
  • The academies within a MAT support each other and other schools.

Why is Delius going to become an academy?

The Governing Body considered the advantages and disadvantages of becoming an academy and joining a MAT or staying as we are.  There have been significant changes in the education sector:  school funding has been cut and more cuts will take place in the future, changes at the local authority mean that it provides less support to schools and the government wants all schools to become academies by 2020.  The Governors believe that joining a MAT will help Delius to continue to provide the best education possible to our pupils and to offer support to children with special educational needs who attend other schools.

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