Academy delight for thriving school

A SCHOOL is celebrating after being granted academy status.

Casterton Business and Enterprise College will become an academy in September.

It applied for the change in March after receiving an outstanding Ofsted rating in November.

It will be the last of Rutland’s three secondary schools to convert to academy status. Catmose College in Oakham and Uppingham Community College both became academies in April, meaning Rutland County Council no longer has any control over them.

Academies are free to adapt the national curriculum, set their own pay and conditions for staff, change the length of terms and school days and set their own admissions policies.

Casterton principal Victoria Crosher said: “I am really pleased that we have been given this status which will give us greater freedoms.

“We like to see ourselves as innovative, creative and enterprising and the philosophies of academy allow us to expand on that and set the curriculum as such.

“But I don’t anticipate any major changes to the school.”

Mrs Crosher said becoming an academy was not a reflection of the school’s relationship with the council.

She added: “We have an excellent relationship with Rutland County Council.”

Mrs Crosher is also principal of Rutland County College which will also become an academy. Neither will change their name.

Deputy leader of Rutland County Council Terry King (Con) said all three secondary schools becoming academies was an excellent reflection of the high standard of education in the county, because only schools with outstanding Ofsted ratings were invited to apply.

He said: “It is a new world we are going to have to deal with but we welcome academies because it gives the schools greater freedom to drive forward their own agendas and have their own independence.

“We will still have a commissioning role to ensure there are enough school places for children in Rutland.

“There are more than enough school places at the moment but they all take pupils from out of the county.

“We will have to work with the schools to achieve this and they will have to work with one another.”

Portfolio holder for education Ken Bool (Con) added: “We know that only the best schools have been granted academy status so far so it is excellent news for Rutland in that respect.”

The Robert Manning College in Bourne, Bourne Abbey Primary Academyand The Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen all have academy status.

Bourne Grammar School and Brooke Hill Primary School in Oakham have expressed an interest in becoming academies.