Decision details

East Sussex County Council's (ESCC) Co-sponsorship role in The Eastbourne Academy Trust

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Proposal to reconsider ESCC co-sponsorship role in Eastbourne Academy


21.1     The Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services which sought approval for East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to withdraw as co-sponsor for the Eastbourne Academy Trust.


21.2     RESOLVED to approve ESCC’s withdrawal as co-sponsor for the Eastbourne Academy Trust and to agree to take the necessary steps to effect that withdrawal at the earliest opportunity on the appointment of a new sponsor.




21.3     The policy context has changed significantly since ESCC took the decision to act as a co-sponsor. At the time The Eastbourne Academy (TEA) was established, acting as co-sponsor provided a mechanism to maintain close links with TEA. Now that the policy context has been clarified, acting as co-sponsor presents a number of challenges. For example, acting as co-sponsor for some academies and not for others creates an unequitable relationship between ESCC and its academy schools. This compromises ESCC’s responsibility to champion educational excellence across all schools.

Report author: Hannah Matthews

Publication date: 01/12/2016

Date of decision: 21/12/2015

Decided at meeting: 21/12/2015 - Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness

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