SEVERAL Winsford schools are to join the Government’s School Trusts programme linking them up with universities, charities and businesses.
Children, Schools and Families Secretary of State Ed Balls announced 11 Winsford school had applied, putting them in the first 300 across the country.
The schools are Darnhall Primary, Grange Primary, Greenfields Primary, Hebden Green Community School, High Street Primary, Oaklands School, Over Hall Community Primary School, Verdin High, Willow Wood Primary and Woodford Lodge High.
Mr Balls said: “I want every secondary school to be a Specialist school, a Trust school or an Academy – and every one of them should have a university or a business partner.
“Over the last te10 years we have dramatically cut the number of underperforming schools. But there is still more to do to ensure we have a world-class education system. A Trust is one model that schools can adopt to harness local expertise and give school leaders the tools they need to continue our drive to increase standards and tackle poor performance.”
Trust schools are maintained foundation schools supported by a charitable trust.
They are part of the maintained family of schools with funding on the same basis as other local authority- maintained schools and subject to the same accountability regime.
They are similar to Voluntary Aided (VA) and existing foundation schools with foundations – the Trust holds the school’s land and buildings, the governing body employs staff and sets admissions arrangements (in accordance with the law.
They must adhere to National Curriculum / School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions documents; and establish Parent Councils if the Trust appoints the majority of governors.