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Following a period of consultation with stakeholders, The Governing Body of the Forest School has made the formal decision to academise the school and will be joining Wellspring Academy Trust, subject to DfE approval.

The decision to academise has not been made lightly; Governors have debated the matter at length and over a period of time to ensure that all the benefits and any potential draw backs have been taken into account. All matters raised through the consultation period have been considered carefully. The final decision has been made on the basis that Governors believe that the Trust has the capacity and capability to offer opportunities for the school that are not available elsewhere, which will serve us well both now and in the future.

Wellspring Trust has a track record of positive partnership working with local authorities and of supporting high performing specialist schools; their aim is to make a substantial net contribution to the communities in which they operate. Governors at the Forest School are relentless in their pursuit for the very best outcomes for our children and are very confident that the support of the Trust will serve to enhance the provision we already offer.

The Governors would like to express their sincere gratitude to all parents, colleagues, headteachers, and neighbours who responded to the consultation.

The Forest School is very proud of all the relationships that it has built over time; all of these existing relationships are important and we know that they will continue as we strengthen our provision and make a positive contribution both to the Trust and where possible to others schools in our area.

Yours sincerely
Michelle Farr

I am delighted to inform you of the exciting news that the Governors of The Forest School are recommending that we become an Academy within Wellspring Academy Trust.

We have a great desire to ensure that we always strive to deliver the very best provision for our children and we believe that this is the next natural step in our development.
The views of staff, pupils and parents are crucial and will be fully considered, informing the final decision.

I would like to invite everyone to participate in a consultation.
Our consultation period will run from Friday 20th September to Sunday 20th October. During this period, we will be holding a consultation meeting where you can find out
further information and ask any questions you may have.

I have arranged for this to take place on Friday 11th October where Wellspring Trust will deliver a session here in school at 2.30.
If there are questions or comments that you would like to make in response to this consultation then please
address these directly to

Yours sincerely
Michelle Farr


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