What is an academy?

Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority, which in the case of Loudwater Combined School is Buckinghamshire.

The day-to-day running of the school remains with the head teacher, but they are overseen by individual charitable bodies called academy trusts.  The trust may also retain a Local Governing Body as an additional layer of accountability and challenge.

These trusts provide advice, support, expertise and a strategic overview.

They may control their own admissions process and have more freedom than other schools to innovate.

The Governors of Loudwater School are considering joining the Oxford Diocese Bucks Schools Trust (ODBST).  An expression of interest has been made to the Department for Education and they are now carrying out a process of due diligence which includes consultation with parents.  This process continues until 5th April 2019 and is an opportunity for parents and other interested parties to ask questions of the school, the governors or of officials of the trust.
A meeting for parents was held on 7th March 2019.  The minutes of these meetings can be found below as well as the presentations that were made.
Contact details are below:
Questions for the school: 
Questions for the school governors:
Questions for the trust:
There is also a link to the website of the ODBST.