In the consultation document, available on the school website, they say:
“The aim of the Trust was to help children achieve more, providing the best education possible for all the children and young people in the communities served by the Trust by working together more effectively,as well as promoting community cohesion.
“For Beeston Primary School, being part of the Trust has not resulted in the achievement of all these aims therefore the Governing Body has, after lengthy discussions, considered what impact being a member of a Trust has had on the outcomes for children in our School and consider that these outcomes will improve by leaving the Trust.”
The document goes on to say that the advantages of leaving would be a clearer focus on the needs of pupils in the school, greater control of resources and better use of management time.
Responding to the document, Dave Westwell, Chair of Governors of Cockburn School and Trustee of The Learning Trust South Leeds, said
“I do not understand why Cockburn’s main feeder primary would want to break up a partnership that is focused on the pupils of our community and their education. The work of this partnership is essential in this ever-changing educational landscape. Currently, teachers from primary and secondary work together to share best practice, develop teaching and learning strategies and ensure that our children make the very best progress across all years of their school life.
“Nearly all of Beeston Primary’s children come to Cockburn and we value our partnership with them as one of our main feeder primaries. I hope that the parents and carers of Beeston Primary see the benefits of our partnership for their children and urge their school to remain part of The Learning Trust South Leeds as part of the consultation process.”
The closing date for responses to the consultation is 4pm on Friday 7 July.