That is – al being well and unless a major problem turns up – we’re going independent and becoming an academy. Goodbye, local authority that used to be good and now isn’t. Hello, £290,000 that we have paid them each year to provide various services. We reckon we can get those we need, in some cases from the LA, for half that.
But that’s not the reason. It’s independence. The next government initiative, we won’t have to follow it unless we want to. We’ll still answer to Ofsted but, as long as we teach key subjects (no plans to drop English and Maths I promise), we’ll be free. I see it as protecting our marvellous staff. Some of them are anxious, they see the LA as protective. Hardly any more, less in the future. We’ve made the right decision for the right reasons and it was a draining, but inspiring, meeting yesterday. I didn’t really sleep last night, but not because of anxiety.
I take it to heart. So do many of the staff and governors. We don’t leave it behind at the end of the day, but how could we? We’re, you know, passionate and stuff. Idealistic, once in a while. Not me of course, I’m practical, pragmatic and hard-headed. I want those kids to earn whole lots so that there’s enough money about to keep me in my dribbling dotage.
Please excuse the Latin, both are googeable quotations, or Chris, Dave, Dandelion or Mago will provide translations. Or maybe Gledwood. He’s a dark horse.