This year our school is aiming to convert to Academy status. We are hoping to join the Hart Schools Trust which consists of the Thomas Alleyne Academy (a secondary school in the old town area of Stevenage). In December 2016 we received notification from the Department for Education (DfE) that they have approved, in principal, our application to convert.
This is a really exciting time for Roebuck School. Becoming an Academy will undoubtedly bring a lot of benefits for the children and staff at our school. We have already started working closely with TAA where students from both schools have worked together on a Music day and a Technology day amongst other things.
Although we are very positive about the gains that academisation will bring, we do of course understand that this may be a slightly uncomfortable time for some stakeholders. A project team is working tirelessly to make the conversion as smooth as possible for all parties involved and last November, we held two Parent Forums at Roebuck where members of our community could ask questions and find out further information. In attendance were the Headteachers of both schools, the Director of the Hart Schools Trust and our Chair of Governors and other members of Roebuck's Governing Body. Several parents attended. Feedback about the conversion seemed positive.
Below are some documents that will help to explain our reasons behind academisation and how the conversion will take place. Please view or download the Governors Newsletter for spring 2017 and the Frequently Asked Questions. In March 2017 we are holding two further consultation sessions for parents and other members of the community - so if you want to give us your views, please do come to one of these sessions. The consultation letter below (sent to all families in January 2017) has further details.