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Save Winterbourne International Academy

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The future success of Winterbourne International Academy, one of the highest achieving schools in South Gloucestershire, is currently under threat. Due to financial struggles, which are currently being contested, the Academy trustees have decided to allow a multi academy trust (MAT) to bid for control of our school. However, statistics prove that at least one of the interested parties are not only unlikely to provide this school with the support it requires to maintain its high standards but, the school's performance could also potentially be adversely affected.

A lack of transparency about this transition, combined with unflattering reports from other schools across the country who are currently under the control of the Oasis MAT in particular, has caused serious concern for staff, students and parents who will be affected by this decision. 

It is our aim to ensure that the governance of our school stays true to the community feel which it currently possesses. If we cannot remain as we are, we wish to be part of a local organisation with a proven track record. We do not feel that any national Multi Academy Trust, in particular Oasis, is compatible with that ethos or matches our school is still a beacon of success (despite recent disruptions).

The result of this takeover will influence the lives of thousands of people who are connected to this school, and ignoring the current views of staff, students and parents on such an important matter is unjustifiable. We desperately need your support so that the education of large numbers of children is not affected for the worse by an enormous decision which we have not been consulted on.

What We Want:

1.  A secure learning environment where teachers as well as staff feel supported and motivated, allowing students to realise their full potential.

2.  Transparency and freedom of information for those who care about the development and management of the school.

3.  An optimistic future where the thoughts and opinions of the wider school community are heard and valued as part of the decision making process.

4.  Not to be consumed by a national Multi Academy Trust who will not be able to  regularly interact with and hear the thoughts of the staff, students and parents of  our school.

5.  A well informed decision that has not been made with unnecessary haste.

6.   The opportunity to question the prospective bidders ourselves so that it is ensured that they are aware of and are willing to co-operate with all members of the school community.



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