MAT Consultation

MAT Consultation

July 25th 2017

Dear partner,

I am writing on behalf of the governing body to ask for your views about a proposal for The Nottingham Emmanuel School to join a Multi-Academy Trust. When thinking about the long term future for the school during the last two years, we have considered this option carefully in partnership with the Principal, Derek Hobbs and senior school leaders. As a result of this joint work, in July, Governors and Members voted to make an in-principle decision to join the Archway Learning Trust, currently comprising Bluecoat Academy (Wollaton and Aspley), Bluecoat Beechdale Academy and Bluecoat Primary. You can find more information about these schools here

Church education in Nottingham started under the archway of the porch at the front of St Mary’s Church in the City Centre over 300 years ago, hence the name and logo for The Archway Learning Trust (ALT). Should Nottingham Emmanuel School join and help develop this Trust, we would work together more closely than ever with these schools to share expertise and resources, ensuring the highest possible quality of education for all the children and families served by them.

The Nottingham Emmanuel School is a good school with high academic standards alongside strong, inclusive Christian values and ethos. We consider that we will continue to achieve the best for our students now and in the future by becoming part of Archway Learning Trust. A question and answer document is enclosed that we hope will be helpful. It is not intended to be exhaustive but I hope it will answer some of the immediate questions you may have about multi-academy trusts.

The Southwell and Nottingham Diocese is supportive of this proposal. We are now consulting with all stakeholders and before governors sign any legal and funding documents, we would welcome your views and representations. You are an extremely important part of that consultation that will run from 24 July to 22 September 2017 inclusive. You can send your views to us, via Sue Law, Clerk to the Governors, at or you can write to the school, also addressing your letter to Sue Law.

We regret that we will not be able to respond individually to any questions that are posed. However, we will post a document on the website including all questions raised and responses given at the end of the consultation period. You may also choose to attend a public meeting that we are holding as part of the consultation, on Tuesday 12 September at 7.00pm in the Chapel at The Nottingham Emmanuel School.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Heidi Shewell-Cooper, Chair of Governors & Derek Hobbs, Principal

Please find our FAQ document here.