I hope 2022 has begun positively for you and that all of us will be able to make plans with our friends and families this year that will bring happiness and a sense of peace.
I am writing with an important update about St Marie’s and a request for your possible participation in the future of the school.
First, in accordance with the Archbishop’s vision for all Catholic schools in the Birmingham Archdiocese to join a Multi-Academy Company (MAC), St Marie’s is proposing to join Our Lady of the Magnificat MAC in September 2022. Here is the link to the MAC website:
Our Lady of the Magnificat is currently a family of twelve schools, with the experience, energy and vision to grow further. After extensive discussions and research, the governing body of St Marie’s is committed to becoming part of this MAC. It is quite simply the best fit for us. We have a shared commitment to improving the Catholic Education we offer our children and a shared passion for service, hard work and enjoyment. If you have already opened the above link, you will have seen on the MAC homepage, in large letters, John 10:10
“Have Life and Have it to the Full”.
We now need to progress our application to convert to an academy and are therefore consulting with parents, carers, staff, the parish community and other stakeholders to provide an opportunity for you to make comments or ask questions. Attached is a link, through which you can contact us.
We would be grateful for your responses by the start of half term, on Thursday 17th February. In the meantime, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about academisation that you may wish to consult:
This proposed change may even inspire you to become more involved in the leadership of St Marie’s. It’s an exciting time. Specifically, we require two parent governors on the governing body who are elected by the School’s parents and carers and who will serve on the governing body for 4 years. This does not mean that if you have a child in Year 6, you are not eligible for nomination. Your term needs only to start when you have a child at St Marie’s.
Please could I encourage you to consider joining our team? If you have any questions about the role, please submit via the Consultation link above.
Also, please read the document ‘What does a School Governor do?’ which accompanies this letter.
Each nomination requires 2 proposers. Nomination forms are available from the school office.
With very best regards,
On behalf of the Governing Body