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Glebe School – Academy Consultation


For some time now the Governors and Head Teacher of Glebe School have been following closely Government policy and the changing school landscape in the London Borough of Bromley with regard to academisation. An update was presented to the Governing Body in November 2016 which concluded that:


  • Despite the Department for Education’s (DfE) U-turn regarding proposed legislation for all schools to convert to Academy status by 2022, the intention of the DfE remains clearly focused on progressing the number of schools converting to Academy status, with a strong preference for schools to work within multi-school Academy structures.
  • Whilst there will not be legislation that will force schools to convert within a given period, it is highly likely that further progression of conversion among remaining schools will lead to a further reduction in services from the Local Authority which, depending on any DfE thresholds put in place, may trigger forced academisation for all schools within the region.
  • Bromley Council have actively encouraged all its schools to apply for Academy status, resulting in less than 10% of Bromley schools still currently maintained by the Local Authority.
  • Given that the lead times for a decision may become shorter (through choice and/or necessity) in the coming years, it would be prudent to ensure the school is well placed in terms of its preferred approach to conversion.

The Governing Body have decided that it is in the best interest for the future development of Glebe School to consider converting to an “empty” Multi-Academy Trust, which is likely to be called The Specialist Learning Trust. If the proposal is taken forward I would like to reassure you that Glebe School will retain its own individual identity and its name, with Mr Keith Seed continuing as Head Teacher. Although we are considering a Multi-Academy Trust model, Glebe School will be the only school within the Academy Trust at the outset. It is hoped that, at some point in the future, other partner schools that we already work closely alongside will seek to join our Trust. This will be beneficial to Glebe School as we will be able to strengthen our ties and share the expertise that each school offers.


Similarly, in our submission to the DfE we expressed an interest in opening a primary free school and sponsoring a school in challenging circumstances, if appropriate. Both initiatives may be a number of years down the line but are intended to develop, support and progress the learning that young people benefit from at Glebe.


  1. of the most important elements of the consultation process is the involvement of key stakeholders of the school. We wish to ensure that this proposal is in the very best interests of the current and future pupils of Glebe School and all views are of significant importance in the final decision that is made. As such a consultation period will run from 8th May to 23rd June 2017.


The Governors welcome all feedback and completed questionnaires (see links on this page) from our stakeholders. This can be provided through a number of alternative options:


  • In writing to the Head Teacher, Glebe School, Hawes Lane, West Wickham, BR4 9AE
  • At the meeting to be held at school on 21st June 2017 at 5pm.


The Governing Body will then consider the findings from the consultation before making a final decision on whether to proceed with the proposal. The results of the consultation will be published on this website.



Ms T Gillen

Chair of Governors






Glebe School, Hawes Lane, West Wickham, Bromley, Kent, BR4 9AE

020 8777 4540