GREAT Torrington Community School is investigating the possibility of becoming a Foundation School, independent of local authority control. If the proposal goes ahead, governors would take over responsibilities now held by the local authority, including t

GREAT Torrington Community School is investigating the possibility of becoming a Foundation School, independent of local authority control.If the proposal goes ahead, governors would take over responsibilities now held by the local authority, including the school's assets, land and buildings. They would also become employers of the staff and make decisions on admission numbers.Before any decision takes place there will be a period of consultation. Parents have already received letters informing them of the proposals. Deputy head teacher Mike Clarke said: "Foundation status would mean the removal of a layer of bureaucracy from the decision making process. However, it is recognised that at the same time that would place a greater onus on the governors to make the best decisions for the school. "The school would remain as a directly maintained school and so funding would not be affected. We would continue to receive our annual funds from the LA as we do now, based on the school population. We would have to adhere to the government and LA policies for admissions to the school. But we would be allowed to set our admission numbers for each year group and be more flexible when we are full. The governors would also take direct responsibility for improvement and maintenance of the site, in order to give the pupils the best learning environments. "In pursuit of all this, the governors want to consult as many people as possible who may have a view. They will be talking, if necessary to national government, but certainly local government, trade unions, parents, town and parish councils, feeder schools and any other stakeholders and interested parties."Governors will consider a prepared report on April 21. If they then feel it is worth continuing, a second period of consultation will occur and a final decision made on July 7. For further information and links, go to the Information section at www.greattorrington.devon.sch.uk