School organisation proposals can be complex in their own right and can also be quite an emotive area. An amalgamation of linked infants and junior schools is not uncommon. It can be a positive way to develop and progress school organisation, bringing about many benefits but there will inevitably be challenges. Informal dialogues with both governing bodies from the outset is crucial, as is the formal consultation period to hear and assess everyone’s views. The role of the Local Authority is key in ensuring effective collaboration with all relevant parties.
This case study indicates that building work is being undertaken for the newly amalgamated school. The scale is unknown but whilst exciting, effective and efficient project management will be essential to ensure a streamlined transition, in conjunction with the Local Authority.
Staff restructuring, going through the appointment for staff in the new school, transfer of contracts and arranging new contracts is a task in itself. Unfortunately, there will be winners and losers, and this can be very difficult time for the staff, as well as governors. Advice will be provided from the Local Authority to assist the governing body with any staffing matters.
A temporary governing will have been set up to oversee the process. Here is information about the process.
See also the School teachers’ pay and conditions (Wales) document.