Monday 2nd November 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to you to consult on important proposals that Ivanhoe College, Ibstock Community College and Ashby School work together to join LiFE Multi Academy Trust and bring age range change to the secondary schools in Ashby de la Zouch and Ibstock from August 2022.

Our priority is always to ensure an excellent education for all our students with a commitment to continuously improving standards to ensure they flourish in an exciting and engaging environment that includes the provision of a broad curriculum. As local partner schools, we have a longstanding commitment to working with each other which will assist in managing these changes effectively and ensure the high standards in all schools continue for the benefit of all young people in our community now and in the future.

Ivanhoe College, Ibstock Community College and Ashby School are all currently Single Academy Trusts, and in the last couple of years we have given much consideration to joining a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). In line with most other schools locally and nationally, we want to bring excellent 11-16 education to all three schools and continue the high quality shared post 16 education based at Ashby School.

As a Governing Board we have carefully considered the options to maximise the future success of the schools whilst retaining our ethos and commitment to improve. We are working closely together in this process with Ibstock Community College and Ashby School and the governors of all three schools have the shared aim of joining LiFE Multi Academy Trust by February or March 2021 subject to due diligence.

In making this decision we have taken into consideration the following: -

  • Our commitment to ensure excellent outcomes for our students, while retaining the principle of parental choice
  • Our determination to bring about age range change which allows each school to educate students from 11-16
  • Our shared commitment to retaining a high-quality post 16 educational offer with a sixth form at Ashby School
  • Our desire to provide new and better professional development opportunities for staff
  • Safeguarding each school’s long-term financial future
  • Ensuring strong governance
  • The benefits that being part of a larger organisation can bring to our schools.

The LiFE MAT is currently made up of the lead school, Bosworth Academy, together with two other secondary schools and two primary schools. Bosworth Academy is an outstanding 11-18 college with an excellent track record both for its own school and the positive impact it has had on its work with other schools in the MAT. Under the leadership of the CEO, Chris Parkinson, LiFE MAT has already had a positive impact in developing collaboration and sharing best practice across the group of schools. This is an exciting opportunity for our school leaders to work with the Leadership Team at LiFE to continue to build on the good work that has already been done within each school. Bosworth Academy successfully underwent its own age change to become an 11-18 school in recent years and we will be able to learn from their experience of age range change.

We are also ready to begin the process of bringing about age range change for August 2022 so that all three schools become secondary schools. From this time Ivanhoe College and Ibstock Community College will begin to offer education to students between the ages of 11 and 16. Ashby School will also take in students from age 11 through to age 16, and our joint plans will also ensure that all students have equal access to excellent Post 16 education in the Sixth Form at Ashby School.

As a strong group of schools in our area, we are confident that together we will continue to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students as part of a successful MAT. We have much in common with the schools already in the LiFE MAT and their experience of ongoing school improvement and successful age range change.

We believe this is a unique and exciting opportunity for our school and one that we wish to take forward now. We are therefore now consulting parents, staff and the wider community on our plans to join LiFE MAT, instigate age range change and consequent change to our school admissions arrangements.

The formal consultation process begins on Monday 2nd November 2020 and will run until Monday 14th December 2020. Please also see the consultation FAQs and additional information below about the options from August 2022, which we hope will answer any questions you may have. We are also including the draft of our Admissions Policy for Year 7 intake August 2022 showing the new planned admission number.

Responses can be submitted in writing to 'Consultation' c/o Headteacher’s PA at Ivanhoe College, or by email to mat.consultation@ivanhoe.co.uk . To help us in collating responses, please indicate whether you are a parent and the year group(s) of your child(ren).

All views will be considered by the Governing Board before final decisions are made as we want this to be a full and meaningful consultation.

I look forward to hearing your views.

Yours faithfully

Graham McKay

Chair of Governors 

AGE RANGE CHANGE – WHAT IT MEANS FOR PUPILS AND PARENTS (PLEASE ALSO REFER TO THE SEPARATE FAQs DOCUMENT)

Carrying out age range change does involve a transition period for all schools as they start to admit extra year groups. This process is controlled by a common admissions policy to ensure numbers are balanced across schools; however, we appreciate as parents you will want to know how this affects your child and what options you have. The tables below show how it will affect the different year groups.

Current Year Group

Aug 2021

Aug 2022

Aug 2023

Aug 2024

Aug 2025

Aug 2026

Year 5

Year 6
You will be in
your Primary
School

Year 7
You will opt for
Ivanhoe,
Ibstock or Ashby
School

Year 8
You will remain in
your chosen
school

Year 9
You will remain in
your chosen
school

Year 10
You will remain
in your chosen
school

Year 11 You will remain in your chosen school 

Year 6

Year 7
At Ivanhoe or
Ibstock

Year 8 At Ivanhoe or Ibstock

Year 9 At Ivanhoe or Ibstock 

Year 10
Remain at
Ivanhoe/

Ibstock
or move to Ashby
School

Year 11 Remain at chosen Year 10 School 

Year 12 At Ashby School 

Year 7

Year 8
At Ivanhoe or
Ibstock

Year 9
At Ivanhoe or
Ibstock

Year 10
Remain at
Ivanhoe/

Ibstock
or move to Ashby
School

Year 11
Remain at chosen
Year 10 School

Year 12 At Ashby School 

Year 13
At Ashby School

Year 8

Year 9 At Ivanhoe or Ibstock 

Year 10 Remain at Ivanhoe/

Ibstock or move to Ashby School

Year 11
Remain at chosen
Year 10 School

Year 12
At Ashby School

Year 13
At Ashby School

 

Year 9

Year 10
At Ashby School

Year 11 At Ashby School 

Year 12 At Ashby School 

Year 13
At Ashby School

 

 

 

Current and future admission numbers for each school:

Our proposals are supported by the Local Authority and the Regional Schools Commissioner and the aim is for there to be similar overall numbers as at present in each of the three schools following age range change.

 

Year 7 typical

admission numbers

Year 7 admission

numbers from

August 2022

Ibstock Community College 200 140
Ivanhoe College 325 180
Ashby School N/A 210
total 525 530

 

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