A full governing body meeting was held on 14 March, and we have agreed that we will proceed with the proposal to become an Ark academy in September 2017 and are submitting the full report of the consultation to the Regional Schools Commissioner, who will make the final decision about entering into a funding agreement with Ark. It is likely that the funding agreement between Ark and the Secretary of State will be entered into during the summer break.
 
We hope that you can understand the difficulty of the choice we faced. We appreciate that this is not the outcome that some of you wanted but we hope that you can respect that we are all working towards the same goal – to ensure that we are able to provide a high quality, nurturing education for the children in our community and we look forward to continuing this pursuit with you.