College forms co-operative trust
New trust will give Bideford College more power over day-to-day running of school.
BIDEFORD College has gained more power over the day-to-day running of the school by becoming a co-operative trust school.
The newly-formed Bideford Bay Co-operative Learning Trust employs its own staff, is responsible for student admissions and holds the colleges land and capital assets.
The move sees the college join an ever-growing family of more than 200 other co-operative trust schools in England.
It is hoped the college will be able to work with other co-operative trust schools in the area to pool resources, expertise and knowledge and provide.
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Doug Bushby, chairman of governors, said: “This move for the college has come at a very good time and it will allow us to be more flexible in the way in which we can work with the wider community.”
College principal, Veronica Matthews, added: “I would like to thank all of our students and staff, parents and community who responded to the trust questionnaire and those who attended the consultation meetings.
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“We now look forward to developing this sense of partnership within our local community as well as with other like-minded schools.”
Dave Boston, chief executive of the Schools Co-operative Society, said: ‘The values-led approach embedded in co-operative trusts has been one of the main attractions to heads and governors looking for an ethical alternative among new school models.
“We’re delighted that there continues to be a surge interest in co-operative schools, as not only does it mean more schools working together to share expertise, it means students across the country can learn about the values in principles of co-operation in school, then take them with them out into the wider world of work to become the co-operators of tomorrow.”