If your child goes to an Ivy school or may do so in the future, you may find the below information helpful. You can also visit our who we are page to find out more about us and how we work.
Our schools participate in the Local Authority’s coordination of admissions processes. This means that Enfield Council processes all applications for our Enfield schools and Hertfordshire County Council processes them for our Hertfordshire schools. If you’d like your child to attend an Ivy school, please apply to the Local Authority directly. More information can be found on the Enfield Council and Hertfordshire County Council’s websites.
All of our schools hold open days and tours throughout the autumn term. If you’d like to arrange a visit please contact the school office directly for more details and to book your place.
Admission appeals for school places – new guidance updated as a result of COVID-19 pandemic
The new regulations will:
- disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person and instead give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either in person, by telephone, video conference or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing
- relax the rules with regard to what happens if one of the 3 panel members withdraws (temporarily or permanently) to make it permissible for the panel to continue with and conclude the appeal as a panel of 2
- amend the deadlines relating to appeals for the time that the new regulations are in force
The regulations are subject to legislation being made but we expect them to come into force on 24 April 2020. The regulations will be time-limited and will expire on 31 January 2021.
The latest performance data for all Ivy schools can be found on the Gov.uk website here.
Since joining the Trust, nothing really has changed. The school is still the wonderful place it always has been.
We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions by parents about the Ivy Learning Trust below.
What is a multi-academy trust?
A multi-academy trust (MAT) is a group of schools working in partnership with each other to improve and maintain high educational standards across the group. Being part of a trust enables them to share provision and learn directly from each other. MATs are funded directly by the central government and run independently of the Local Authority. They can vary in size and geographical area. Ivy is a primary-only trust, made up of eight schools which are all based in Enfield and Hertfordshire.
We are a registered charity and are regulated by the Department for Education. We have a single legal and moral purpose: to advance education for the public benefit. You can find out more about our governance here.
What is Ivy’s role at a school?
Ivy’s role is to help the schools in our Trust to deliver the best education for children. This includes providing school improvement and operational support, opportunities for collaboration between staff and pupils across the Trust and continuing professional development pathways for staff. Our Central Team ensures that resources are maximised, allowing our schools to benefit from services and expertise at a reduced rate and enabling them to focus more on teaching and learning and less on admin.
How much autonomy do Ivy schools enjoy?
We firmly believe that local leaders know their schools best and each Ivy school has its own unique personality. All good and outstanding schools within Ivy enjoy complete autonomy over teaching and learning. The leadership team retains its own strategic and operational decision-making and each school has its own local governance.
What will change when my child’s school joins the Trust?
If your child’s school is good or outstanding, you probably won’t notice any changes day to day. The name of your school won’t change, nor will your child’s uniform or the curriculum that they follow. The admissions policy will also stay the same. However, your child will have the opportunity to take part in wider Trust events, projects and competitions and will have access to additional resources which are shared across all of our schools.
If your child’s school is rated inadequate or needs improvement by Ofsted, it will receive additional support by experienced leaders within the Trust and benefit from collaboration with other good and outstanding schools in our family to help it improve processes, leadership, teaching and outcomes for children.
What are the main benefits to a school from joining your Trust?
The school will benefit from ‘group power’, giving it access to a greater range of funding sources and expertise – for example in procuring services, bid writing and capital funding. This allows leaders to focus more on teaching and learning. Teachers will have access to additional training to ensure school improvement and schools can benefit from professional development groups to share expertise. They will have access to the Trust’s Specialist Leaders of Education who have a strong track record of leadership and skills to help promote best practice.
At Ivy, we know that one size doesn’t fit all and we love the individuality and unique personality of each of our schools. This doesn’t change when they join us. We are a small, primary only Trust and all of our schools are within an hour’s drive of each other, allowing for strong partnerships and meaningful collaboration between them. We want our staff, parents and children to feel proud to be part of the Ivy family.
Do academies still have Ofsted inspections?
Yes, they continue to have the same inspections as schools that are run by the Local Authority. You will be informed of any upcoming inspections by your child’s school as soon as they receive notification from Ofsted.
Where is Ivy’s head office?
Ivy’s head office is next door to Lavender Primary School, at Ivy Cottage, Rosemary Avenue, Enfield, EN2 0SP.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. If you have any concerns, please speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads at your child’s school. You can read our Safeguarding Policy here.
The Trust and our schools take any complaints extremely seriously. You can read our Complaints Procedure here.
Since Ivy has been supporting our school, I have been impressed at the progress that both my children have made.
Seeing my son perform with such confidence not only shocked us but simultaneously filled us with pride.