MIDDLEWICH High School is set to undergo a consultation process regarding the potential of the school changing its status to an academy.

The school is in open consultation about whether it should join the Sir John Brunner foundation.

In an open letter to parents and carers, Keith Simpson, headteacher, said: “In summary, the Governing Body now seeks to consult on whether our school should convert to achieve academy status as part of a Multi-Academy Trust, along with other potential partner schools.

“As a parent or carer of a child in our school the Governing Body would like to invite you to help inform our discussions and consultations on this matter.

“The Governing Body believes that joining this Multi-Academy Trust will lead to significantly increased opportunities for students, staff and our community as a whole.

“Bringing increased capacity, increased leadership development opportunities and the ability to exploit financial economies of scale through formal partnerships.”

An academy trust is an independent company which has charitable status and receives funding directly from the department of education.

The consultation period is open until Friday June, 29.

During this period, the school will be consulting with parents and carers, students, staff, Professional Associations, the Local Authority, the local community and local schools.

The school is also planning to hold a Consultation Surgery for parents and carers where more information will be available about the potential academy status.