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Over the last two years, discussions between all the Confederation schools have led to the conclusion that partnership working is valuable and should be developed further through a legal structure which also protects each school’s autonomy. The proposed model is a cooperative learning Trust, which will offer benefits for all of the Confederation schools.

The Legal Consultation

In order to set up the co-operative Trust, four community schools: Busbridge Infant School, Godalming Junior School, Milford School and Moss Lane School are proposing to change their legal school category from community to foundation. This then allows the legal entity of the Godalming Learning Partnership to come into being, with 01 December 2018 as the proposed implementation date.. The Confederation has worked closely with the Diocese of Guildford and the status and character of the Church schools in the Confederation remains unchanged. The proposed Trust has the full support of the Diocese.

Our vision for this education Trust is:

The Godalming Learning Partnership will work collectively to ensure that all children in our area receive the highest quality education, whilst valuing each school’s autonomy and uniqueness

We will use the collective capacity of our schools to:

• maximise the progress and achievement of every young person in our community,

• improve transition for all our learners across each key stage,

• use collective resources to broaden and enrich the learning opportunities for our community,

• develop long-term sustainable partnerships between schools, other education providers and external partner organisations.

Trust schools are part of the local authority system, but supported by a charitable Trust which will appoint some of the governors. Each school’s governing body will continue to run the school, handle the school budget and be responsible for the performance of the school. There are no changes to individual school management, staffing, uniforms or day to day routines – the Trust will create new opportunities which can be used when appropriate.

The full Statutory Proposal and other consultation documents for the four schools to set up the Trust are available here.

Godalming LearningPartnership

The Governors of the four schools would like to know what you think of these proposals and invite you to take part in our consultation, which closes on 19 October 2018, by:

Consultation meetings

Parents and Public

02 Oct      9.15 am Busbridge Infant

                 6.00 pm Godalming Junior

03 Oct        9.15 am Moss Lane School

                  6.00 pm Milford School

Godalming Confederation & Partners

02 Oct        7.00 pm Godalming Junior

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