Consultation

Consultation: Reigate Learning Alliance

The Coulsdon Sixth Form College Corporation (“the College”) is consulting on behalf of a proposed new multi academy trust to be established by the College, in partnership with Reigate College. The proposed name of the trust will be the Reigate Learning Alliance (“the Trust”). Reigate College simultaneously is undertaking its own separate consultation procedure.  

This consultation is to seek views on the following:

  • The College’s proposal to dissolve and transfer all of its property, rights, assets and liabilities to the new Trust;
  • The College’s proposal to convert to a new 16-19 academy, retaining the name Coulsdon Sixth Form College, to carry on the College’s sixth form provision and establish the Trust with Reigate College; and
  • The Trust’s proposal to enter into academy arrangements with the Secretary of State for Education in relation to the new 16-19 academy

 

Reasons for the Proposal

The College’s rationale for a change to academy status can be summarised as follows:

1.  16-19 Academy status with the Trust will enable us to continue and enhance our already strong collaboration with Reigate College. A Trust encompassing both colleges will allow us to further extend the sharing of support services and management functions, making better use of resources to ensure that more money is spent on front line operations.

2.  The ability of the Trust to reclaim VAT will provide additional funds to allow substantial continuing investment in our students, staff and facilities. This will allow us to operate on a level playing field with schools and academies who are already able to do this. This will have a positive impact on the 16-19 Academy’s educational provision.

3.  The ability to join the larger academy sector provides potentially more opportunities and benefits for collaborative work with partner schools and other local schools, which will benefit children in Years 7 to 11 as well as our own students.

4.  A more effective approach to procurement will be possible, allowing more money to be allocated to teaching and learning and less to duplicated tendering and ordering processes.

5.  Joint staff training and development and a greater sharing of innovative developments between the two colleges.

 

 The following documents contain more information about the proposal:

 

If you wish to comment on the proposal, please email: academyconsultation@coulsdon.ac.uk. All comments must be received by 26 May 2017. Outcomes of the consultation will be published here by 27 July 2017.

 

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