Formation & Background
The Leicestershire Academies Group was formed as the result of an initial conference organised by Newbridge High School Academy on 29 January 2015 attended by 35 Academies, with a further Academies expressing interest in joining.
Special thanks to the Birmingham Bursars' Group and theSchoolBusinessForum for all the guidance and support in us developing this group.
There was unanimous support in creating a group that represents the Academies in the Leicestershire area for a minimal sum of £75 per annum providing:
- On-line self-sustaining information and communication
- Opportunities to meet regularly to network and benefit from high quality relevant speakers
- Hold at least one conference annually, planned by its own members
- Vehicle to access useful documents and information between members
- Forum for topical discussions
- Promote views of the academy sector on Local Authority Forums, Focus Groups and Working Parties
- Enable regular networking opportunities for members
- A communication tool to be able to contact other local Academies in an easy efficient way
Over recent years there has been a large increase in Local Authority Maintained Schools converting to Academies in Leicestershire. This has meant that collaboration and supporting each other in effective and efficient ways as Academies has become even more important to ensure we all contribute in raising the quality of the education provision in Leicestershire. Traditional ways of information sharing and communication have in some areas become less relevant to the Academies agenda and LAG hopes to be able to provide a cost effective way to provide essential information, relevant training in collaboration with our existing Teaching Alliances and support to its members.
There are existing groups of schools and academies already within Leicestershire that meet and communicate to support each other in local clusters and others that meet across the county. The intention of this Academies Group is not to replace any current effective group or partnership but rather hope to support our members in an alternative complimentary way.
Several committees were created within LAG on-line to start to develop this group. The following are current members of the Executive Committee:
Apollo Partnership Trust
Thomas Estley Community College
Welland Park Academy
Wreake Valley Academy
Maxine Adams - Executive Chair
Donna Hudson-Bennett - Operations
Josh Wilson - IT
An Executive Committee was created and put together a proposed Constitution to be agreed by the membership at the first formal meeting of the group.
The first formal meeting of this group took place on 13 February 2015 at Apollo Partnership Trust (formally Newbridge High School Academy) where a proposed Constitution was agreed together with the first year's subscription fees.
Membership is open to all Academies and any school considering converting or becoming an academy. Membership fees are currently £75.