Professional Development for Quality Teaching


Catching up with South Farnham

Published: Jul 2020
4 mins


A primary school debates the merits and affects of becoming an academy.

Headteacher, Andrew Carter, at South Farnham School, talks about the long process of becoming an academy and how a possible merger with another primary school might also delay their progress.

Sue Shoveller, deputy head, talks about how the LA have been helping them to clarify what would happen if they were to become an academy. She points out that the LA's Buyback financial arrangements is under threat if schools leave their care.

Phil Austen-Jones an assistant headteacher, is thinking about VAT, maternity, buildings insurance and personnel issues. South Farnham is an early adopter, so their governing body is looking at all the details before agreeing to academy status.

Andrew introduces his school bursar , the key member of his academy planning team Claire Booth, who talks about the importance of having systems in place from the start, so that the school's budget can deliver as much as possible for the children.

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