"The Trustees of the Archdiocese have requested that all schools under the Diocesan Trust Deed work towards becoming 'academy ready.' This means that the Archdiocese sees the long term future of its schools as forming and being part of a multi academy company with other Catholic schools in their local area."
Archdiocese of Birmingham - Academy Strategy
As a Diocesan Catholic primary school, we have been asked by Archbishop Bernard Longley to undertake the academy conversion process. The governors have considered and gained advice on what this would mean for our school and more importantly the children we educate. This information gathering involved, the Local Authority, other Catholic schools in the area and the leaders of those schools which we have been asked to join. As a part of the long term need to protect, secure and improve the provision of Catholic education across the Archdiocese no school is permitted to become a stand alone academy leaving it vulnerable; but as a group of Catholic schools always consisting of a number of primary schools and at least one secondary schools. Our Lady & St Werburgh's has received a guidance grouping from the Archdiocese, placing Our Lady & St Werburgh's Catholic Primary School in the Christ the King Catholic Collegiate MAC (Multi Academy Company)