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Consultation to Join a Multi Academy Trust


Proposal to join Ivy Learning Trust 


As a local authority maintained school, Thorley Hill Primary School is unable to fully benefit from the economies of scale available to larger institutions. Whilst the current financial position of Thorley Hill is secure, by becoming part of Ivy we believe our school would benefit from access to a wider range of financial resources, operational specialists, and economies of scale when spending.  The Government has been clear in its vision that it wants all schools to be part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) as “part of a family of schools”. 

 The Governing Board has therefore been considering how best to meet this requirement whilst still delivering the high standards of teaching and learning currently on offer.  After detailed consideration of a number of different MATs Governors believe that joining the Ivy Learning Trust represents the best opportunity to achieve and continue excellence for Thorley Hill Primary School.

 This move will not result in any day-to-day changes in areas such as teaching staff, classes, uniform or length of the school day.  What it will do, in addition to the benefits mentioned, is enable us to build upon the School’s successes and good practice, whilst offering financial stability and benefits with regards to procurement of goods and services.

 The Governing Board has therefore started the consultation process required to join the Ivy Learning Trust. 


Key Dates :

Monday 16th October 2023                Letters sent to staff and parents about the intention                                                                   to consult about joining Ivy Learning Trust


Thursday 2nd November 2023           (3.30pm)  Staff Consultation Meeting


Thursday 2nd November 2023            (7.00pm in the main school hall)   Parent                                                                                        Consultation Meeting


Presentation to Stakeholders 


complete presentation to stakeholders.pdf


Minutes from the meeting 


In addition to Thorley Hill governors and members of the school leadership team, Matthew Kleiner-Mann (CEO) and Roz McLaren (Deputy CEO) of Ivy Learning Trust will be in attendance to provide the opportunity to find out about what joining the Ivy Learning Trust will mean for the school and to ask any questions you may have. 


Wednesday 20th December 2023             Deadline for receiving responses to the                                                                                         consultation process


Thursday 18th January 2024                       Final vote by the Governing Body to progress                                                                               to  the next stage - involving lawyers to                                                                                        complete the next step of due diligence.

consultation with parents meeting minutes.pdf


Further Information 


Please have a look at The Ivy Trust website  Ivy Learning Trust for more information about the trust.  

In addition you are welcome to email any questions you may have to rbrown@thorleyhill.herts.sch.uk  

Frequently asked questions can be found here provided by the Trust.

 Further questions asked by parents 


email responses from the parents.pdf


the 32 questions from thorley hill parents.pdf


further questions.pdf