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The EE4A multi-academy trust. Daventry Special Academy Consultation Meeting ICON Centre Daventry Wednesday 23 rd April 2013 Welcome. Outcomes for this evening. By the end of the evening: We will all know more about the proposal to open a Special School in Daventry

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the ee4a multi academy trust

The EE4A multi-academy trust

Daventry Special Academy

Consultation Meeting ICON Centre Daventry

Wednesday 23rd April 2013

outcomes for this evening
Outcomes for this evening

By the end of the evening:

  • We will all know more about the proposal to open a Special School in Daventry
  • We – the proposers – will have heard your views

What will happen next?

  • We will take your views into account when finalising our application to the Department for Education
  • The application deadline is Friday, May 9th 2014
  • The DfE will decide by September 2014
timings for this evening
Timings for this evening

6.10 Welcomes and Introductions

6.15 Overview of Education Excellence for All Multi-Academy Trust

6.20 Daventry Special Academy – our vision and our plan to make it happen

6.30 The support we have for the application so far

6.40 The Free School application process

6.50 Survey form

7.00 Your questions, comments, ideas

7.25 Final comments

7.30 Close

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Education Excellence for All

We are a not-for-profit Academy Trust

  • Founded in 2013 by local people and Place Group – whom we knew well
  • This is our first application to open a school – but will be Place Group’s 30th
  • We have no other schools in the Trust that we have to spend time on – yet!

The Trust comprises

  • Place Group Ltd – a well-established education sector business specialising in supporting schools, from opening free schools to running the Schools’ Buying Club, school procurement service provider of the year, 2012 and 2013.
  • Serving Headteachers
  • School Improvement professionals – former Headteachers and Northamptonshire County Council Advisers
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EE4A – Education Excellence for All

Trustees – have a similar role to school governors

Tim Bartlett – Chair of Trustees – from CYPS Consulting Ltd

David Bray - from Learning Effectively Ltd

Rebecca Baker – Headteacher, Larkrise Academy, Luton (Primary)

Nigel Croft – Headteacher, Redborne Upper School, Ampthill (Secondary)

Peter Burrell – from P2 Education Ltd

Simon Rule – Chief Executive, Place Group Ltd

Roger Tweed – Daventry Schools Adviser

Vacancy for Trustee – Local Primary School Headteacher

Proposed additional Trustees – Head of an outstanding Special School and a Chair of Governors

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Education Excellence for All

How does a Multi-Academy Trust work?

  • Our Multi-Academy Trust was established to open and also to take on and run schools of all types – primary, secondary, special
  • Our time to run the Trust comes from employer release, some of which is refunded to our employers at cost
  • Trustee Meetings are not claimable
  • Out-of-pocket travel expenses are paid at local authority rates
  • We are not Special School Specialists – but we are all very experienced at appointing the specialists which every school needs, and of successfully leading schools and other education sector organisations
  • If our application is approved, the first thing we will do will be to appoint the right person to lead the opening of this school
daventry special academy
Daventry Special Academy
  • The County Council reviewed the provision of places for pupils with Special Educational Needs in October 2013
  • Daventry Special Academy will meet some of the need for extra places for pupils with learning difficulties:
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Severe Learning Difficulties
    • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
  • DSA will only admit pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (the replacement for Statements of Educational Need); and
  • aged from 4 to 18
  • We have selected sites close to the town centre
  • The school is scheduled to open in 2016 and have 175 places when full in 2019
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Daventry Special Academy
  • We will
    • provide an outstanding quality of education from the start
    • make sure we learn from the existing Special Schools
    • create strong partnerships with parents, local schools, Northampton College and University, local health service providers, and all other providers of services to children and families
    • make the most of being a school in the centre of the communities it serves
    • work hard to ensure that the new school building is the envy of everyone because it works so well for the pupils, staff, parents and families
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Daventry Special Academy


  • Reduce travelling time for local pupils
  • A local school for local children and young people, integrated into their town and all it provides – hence our preference for a town centre site
  • Reduce travel costs


  • Any new school unsettles what currently exists: what pupils and parents expect, and existing successful learning and other relationships
  • Pupil numbers matching forecasts (eg what if housing is late being built?)
  • We are likely to attract staff already in local schools creating vacancies there
  • Nationally, money is in short supply – what if there is not quite enough to build a world-class school?
schedule to opening
Schedule to opening

Application development – started autumn 2013

  • Written submission by 9th May 2014
  • Interview likely to be Aug-Sept

Pre-opening – likely to start October 2014

  • Select site by Dec 2014
  • Consultation early 2015
  • Planning / construction programme starts spring 2015
  • Curriculum development starts summer 2015
  • Admissions programme starts autumn 2015
  • Funding Agreement by Feb 2016
  • Staff recruitment starts spring 2016
  • Site handover July 2016

School opening – September 2016

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Schedule to opening


Send completed forms to:

C/O Place Group

7-9 Interchange House

Howard Way

Newport Pagnell

Bucks MK16 9PY

Website survey: