Frequently Asked Questions

All Saints Academy Plymouth will be officially supported with immediate effect, through a management partnership agreement with the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust, as agreed by the Regional Schools Commissioner. As a parent, you may have some questions about what that entails and what it means for your child's education. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer you are looking for here, please email us at:

Will All Saints Academy Plymouth lose its individuality?

All Saints Academy Plymouth has its own unique identity, which it will continue to celebrate. The school’s uniform, name, religious designation or its Christian distinctiveness WILL NOT BE ALTERED as a result of this management partnership agreement.

Will pupils’ education be affected?

There will be no disruption to the staff and students. The aim is to enable the learning community to continue to work in a safe, friendly and well supported environment, where teachers deliver and students benefit from a first-class standard of education.

Will the admissions process change?

No, parents will continue to apply to the Local Authority for a place at All Saints Academy in the usual way.

Will there be any changes that affect our children’s day to day routine?

No, there will be no changes. Rest assured that your child’s education, safety and welfare is always at the heart of everything we do and their school routine will not be adversely affected. Essentially, everything will remain the same.

The management partnership agreement is also unlikely to affect the outcome of the proposed suspension of All Saints’ sixth form for the 2018/19 academic year which is currently under review.

Will All Saints Academy Plymouth still be open to community groups?

All Saints Academy Plymouth will continue to seek to remain at the heart of a community and will therefore collaborate and share with other groups, schools and the wider community in things such as facilities, expertise, support and advice.

How will the academy continue to respond to children with special needs or those who are talented or gifted?

The academy will continue to recognise that each child is different but has the right to be included as a valued, respected and equal member of the learning community. All Saints Academy Plymouth will continue to work within the framework of the Local Authority’s SEN policies to help them where they can.

What inspection regimes and assessment data information will All Saints Academy Plymouth have to do provide as part of the management partnership agreement?

It will continue to be inspected by Ofsted using the same framework and timescales. The diocesan Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools (SIAMS) will continue to be implemented in the same way too.

What is a ‘management partnership agreement’?

It’s a contract between All Saints Academy Plymouth and the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust which sets out the terms and conditions of the relationship between them. It is a formalised mutual agreement which determines the shared aims, vision and objectives of the partnership, its goals and aspirations, the nature of the support that will be provided and how decisions will be made. It encompasses management powers and duties, how the effectiveness of the partnership will be evaluated and builds a framework of accountability and responsibility. The character and ethos of All Saints will be further developed and nurtured as a Church of England School.

What will happen to the Sponsors of All Saints Academy Plymouth?

The Lead sponsor will continue to be the Diocese of Exeter and the co-sponsors will continue to be Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth City Council.

Will parental involvement or consultation be required?

The governing body at All Saints Academy Plymouth believes the management partnership agreement with the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust is in the best interests of the school and your child’s education. However, we do welcome the views of parents and would encourage them to get in touch with the school.

Why has All Saints Academy Plymouth set up a management partnership agreement with another Multi-Academy Trust?

All Saints Academy Plymouth is a single, stand-alone academy - a publicly funded independent school that provides an excellent free education, a positive teaching and learning environment as well as a broad and balanced curriculum to local students of all abilities.

We have been working closely with the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust (MAT) as part of Ofsted’s rigorous school improvement plan. This Management partnership agreement is the natural next step forward and will give All Saints Academy Plymouth access to even better resources and specialist support.

Why partner with the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust?

The MAT has a vision closely aligned to that of All Saints, its aims are to offer an excellent educational experience so that every student fulfils their potential; encourage a rich, dynamic and purposeful range of learning opportunities for all students, develop life enhancing values so that students leave school with a sense of self-worth and a determination to succeed; raise the aspirations of young people and enable them to become fulfilled, confident and motivated citizens, who can contribute actively to a democratic society.

Now in its fifth year of operation, the MAT has overseen improvements in standards in all its schools. Its members comprise three secondary academies (Isca Academy, St James School and West Exe School), one 2-16 all through academy (Cranbrook Education Campus) and one primary academy (Exwick Heights) and has been awarded a free school, Exeter Creative, due to open in September 2021.

By formally recognising the partnership with the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust, which has a vision closely aligned to our own, we will continue to retain our unique identity and ethos but will benefit from access to the very best collaborative learning opportunities and economies of scale.

More information on the MAT and its members can be found online:

Why will the management partnership work?

The MAT has a fantastic track record for demonstrating rigorous and significant school improvement as well as strong progress. With the exception of Cranbrook, being a new school, so has not yet had an OfSTED inspection, all of its schools are rated by Ofsted as being OUTSTANDING OR GOOD. This is despite prior attainment on entry at ALL its schools being significantly below the national average; half its schools having the highest percentage of disadvantaged students in Devon and the remaining ones having SEND numbers above the national average.

The MAT shares our passion for education and the difference it can make to social mobility, progression, self-esteem and ultimately success, in an increasingly competitive education and jobs market so we look forward to celebrating all the achievements that will inevitably follow.

The MAT will co-ordinate and promote its academies to work together more closely to encourage curriculum innovation and sharing of good practise. There will be a curriculum working group of school leaders that will commission and co-ordinate specific curriculum development work across all academies in the Trust. The Trust will also encourage the development of Christian values approaches to learning such as ‘What if Learning’.

Why has there been a change of leadership at All Saints Academy Plymouth?

After steering the Academy on its upward trajectory since his appointment as Headteacher in January 2016, Gary Futcher has opted to leave All Saints Academy Plymouth in order to pursue pastures new.

“Having been instrumental in developing the relationship between All Saints and the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust I am delighted to see it formalised now through the partnership agreement. I am glad both organisations have reached this point, but I have decided to leave my role as Headteacher. I am proud of what we have achieved over the past two years and look forward to hearing of the school’s continued improvement under new leadership. I wish you all every success for the future,” says Gary Futcher, former Headteacher at All Saints Academy Plymouth.

“We’ve been extremely fortunate to have benefitted from such a charismatic, loyal, dedicated and inspirational headteacher who has made a huge contribution to All Saints. During his tenure he created a strong vision for the school and worked with real commitment to make a positive and long-lasting impact,” says John Searson, Director of Education for the Diocese of Exeter, which sponsors All Saints Academy Plymouth.

“Mr Futcher, a popular, talented and respected educationist, took on a massive challenge and his aspiration, strength and positivity played a crucial role in driving major changes through during All Saints’ improvement journey. He will definitely be missed but we wish him the very best for the future,” he adds.

Who will lead All Saints Academy Plymouth through the next phase of improvement?

We are looking forward to making an outstanding appointment for Gary’s successor who is equally energetic, committed and passionate and ensures that All Saints remains a warm, friendly and special place for pupils to flourish, thrive and excel. In the meantime, Acting Head Teacher Anna Mills, the Senior Leadership Team and Business Director Kerry Snell will continue to provide the focused leadership, vision and ambition to continue our upwards trajectory and we hope they will receive your family’s full support. They will be heavily supported by the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust as well as an experienced school leadership team, staff and governing body.

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