Financial Regulations Manual
Academy Financial Regulations Manual April 2012 Version 1
The Philip Morant School and College - Funding Agreement:
Annual Accounts and Reports
Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period ending 31st August 2012.
Philip Morant School and College Academy Trust,
Final Audit Findings Report for Year ended 31 August 2012
Academy Status - November 2011
During the half-term break the school received notification from the
Secretary of State that our conversion to an Academy had been approved from 1st
November 2011. This change of status makes no difference to the organisation or
day-to-day management of the school, but will enable us to secure some
additional funding which can be used to improve the school further. It also
enables us to collaborate more effectively with other secondary schools that are
converting over the coming year and governors have also agreed to increase the
number of parent and staff governors on the new Governing Body of the Academy
Governing Body's Statement - 14th July 2011
At the meeting of the Governing Body of The Philip Morant
School and College last night an overwhelming decision was taken to convert to
academy status with effect from 1st November 2011. The Governing Body
felt there were significant advantages for the continued educational provision
and development of our students and school. The name of the school will remain
as 'The Philip Morant School and College'.
The best interests of the students were the foundation of the decision. The
advantages of conversion to academy status include allowing the school increased
freedom to innovate within the curriculum to provide an even greater
personalised programme of study for students of all abilities and have access to
a significant increase in funding, which will be used to enhance the educational
experiences of the students.
The school will continue to work to develop and expand their collaborative links
with primary and secondary schools in Colchester and Essex.
Full consideration was given to the views expressed during the consultation
process and in recognition of those views the governors are taking steps to
address many of the concerns of the stakeholders.
The Governing Body will continue to have full parental representation and there
will be an increased number of staff governors.
The Governors would like to express their thanks to those who contributed to the
Mr Roger Abo Henriksen, Headteacher Designate, has said, "I look forward to
starting in September and being able to lead such a strong and successful School
and College. I am convinced that together we will be able to ensure the
advantages that come with academy status are fully realised and those people who
had concerns are reassured."
Consultation Information - issued 30th June 2011
Thank you for returning the consultation response
forms in respect of converting to Academy Status. We have attempted to answer
all of the questions raised and these have been collated into one Questions and
Answers document together with a Progress Report which can be viewed via the
Some questions have been amalgamated for ease of
reference and to provide concise answers. They have been grouped into the broad
- Governance and Corporate
- Legal and Finance
- Pay and Conditions
- Premises and Services
We hope that you find these documents useful to clarify
the questions and issues raised.
(At the time of completing the Questions and Answers document the
information was correct but this could be subject to change.)
Initial Consultation Information - issued 6th June 2011
Parents may be aware that part of
the reforms to the educational system proposed by the Government is the
expansion of the Academy Schools Programme. In line with most local schools, the
Governors have recently been exploring the advantages and disadvantages of
possible conversion to Academy Status.
An academy is a school funded directly by the Government
and not the Local Authority. The Governors are committed to Philip Morant School
and College staying as a community based comprehensive school.
As an academy, the school has greater freedom to make its
own decisions, if it wishes, with regard to the curriculum, use of funding and
the terms and conditions of its staff. Academies do, however, remain bound by
the law to follow national codes of practices on admissions, Special Educational
Needs and exclusions. They also remain subject to OFSTED inspections.
Whilst as a Foundation school Philip Morant School and
College already has more autonomy and responsibilities than community schools
and does not wish to change the pay and conditions of its employees, the
possibility of additional funding and freedom to make decisions on its use is
one of the reasons why the Governing Body of the School intends to make an
initial application whilst exploring fully the advantages and disadvantages of
conversion. We can withdraw from the conversion process at any time. We
therefore wish to carry out a full consultation with all staff, parents, pupils
and other stakeholders before making a final decision. The consultation period
will start on Wednesday 8 June and finish on Wednesday 6 July 2011.
The Governing Body therefore wish to invite parents to a meeting on Monday 13 June at 7.30pm in
the Main Hall, which will involve a short presentation explaining the issues
concerning academy conversion and explain the
process by which parents can express your
If parents are or were unable to attend the meeting a copy of the presentation will
available below. Parents can also downloand a consultation feedback form below which should be returned to the school main reception by Friday 24 June.
Consultation forms are also available from the school.
Further information about academy status is on the
Department for Education website (http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies).
The Governing Body will review the evidence from the
consultation and make its decision on Wednesday 13 July 2011.
Parents' Academy Consultation Meeting Presentation