Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)

“Exciting news: Perins and Sun Hill Junior School are joining forces!”

As you may be aware, following the Ofsted review at Sun Hill Junior School last October, the school was placed under a ‘Directed Academy Order’ by the Department for Education (DfE). This requires Sun Hill to become an Academy and be “sponsored” by an existing, preferably local, Academy as soon as possible. Perins was approached by the DfE and, as of Friday afternoon, has been appointed by the DfE as the Preferred Sponsor of Sun Hill. This means that Perins will form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and Sun Hill will convert into an Academy and join the MAT.

This is a very exciting plan for both schools. It makes sense for all stakeholders and will enable us to work together to build on the strengths of both schools within the community and to collaborate on offering the best possible teaching and learning opportunities to staff and pupils at both schools- ‘Better together!’

The process of joining forces will take about six months. The planned start date of full operation of the MAT is 1st September this year. Most importantly, I want to reassure you, as Perins Headteacher, supported by our Governing Body, that we will do everything we can to ensure that life here at Perins will be as little affected as possible during the process. I guarantee to you that I am not about to take my eye off the Perins ball!

We feel strongly that joining forces in a MAT should bring significant benefits for all of us here at Perins – staff, pupils, parents and governors – and indeed for our wider community. We can develop further links between Perins and Sun Hill Junior, ensuring a seamless transition for our pupils from junior to secondary school. There will be opportunities for staff at both schools to gain cross-stage experience and share resources, knowledge and expertise. We can ensure consistency of policy and planning across the key stages. Most importantly, we can work together as a community to offer all our pupils from the age of 7 through to 16 the best possible teaching and learning opportunities with a shared ethos and vision – ‘in omnia excellentia!’

You may have some questions about this exciting new development for our school – and we have attempted to answer some of them in the ‘Questions & Answers’ section. In addition, do email any questions to shj@perins.hants.sch.uk and we will get back to you directly.

Mr Steve Jones

Headteacher