Taverham infant school consults on academisation to cope with ‘ever-decreasing resources’

An infant school in Taverham is hoping to shore up its future with plans to become an academy.

Ghost Hill Infant and Nursery School is consulting with parents on its proposal, which would see it join the Sapientia Education Trust (SET), a multi-academy trust started at Wymondham College.

In a letter to parents and carers, headteacher Donna Garratt said the financial picture for standalone schools was “challenging”.

She said: “It is the view of the governing body that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for a school such as ours to continue as a standalone entity within an educational environment that expects improved results from ever decreasing resources.”

Though plans are in their infancy, the document says the school, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, could become an academy in January 2018.

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SET was launched in 2016 and has been joined by Old Buckenham, Seething and Mundham, Burston and Tivetshall Primary Schools.

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