Most primary schools in Bournemouth have converted from 'maintained school' to 'academy' status. This is part of a much broader national agenda which is now well established. The expectation is that groups of schools work together, normally in Multi-Academy Trusts (also referred to as MATs).
Malmesbury Park has worked collaboratively with a number of other schools for several years. In autumn 2015, Malmesbury Park and Hill View Primary School converted to academy status. At the same time, the working relationship between the two schools was formalised by establishing a MAT, known as Bournemouth Primary Multi-Academy Trust (or BPMAT).
It has now been agreed that it is not sustainable in the longer term to remain as a two school MAT and therefore the decision was taken to look for a larger MAT to work with. Having undertaken a comprehensive research project it has been decided that it would be in the best interests of BP MAT to join Reach South Multi-Academy Trust. This will be an exciting opportunity to belong to a much larger, highly successful and well-established Trust – please see the letter below for more information.