Catmose Primary School consults parents over academy proposal

First day at Catmose Primary  in Oakham - Principal Stuart Williams and vice principal Kelly Jackson with pupils, Bertie Bradbury, seven, and  Alicia Hearth, eight'Photo: SM020911-017js
First day at Catmose Primary in Oakham - Principal Stuart Williams and vice principal Kelly Jackson with pupils, Bertie Bradbury, seven, and Alicia Hearth, eight'Photo: SM020911-017js

A PRIMARY school is consulting on plans to become an academy.

Governors at Catmose Primary School have decided to consult with parents on the proposals to change to academy status from April 1.

Academy status would mean the school breaking free from local authority control.

It could set its own curriculum, would have the power to change the length of terms and school days and the ability to set pay and conditions for staff.

Principal Stuart Williams, who is also principal of Catmose College, said the governors had been discussing the change since September.

He said: “If the consultation goes as we hope, we will become an academy from April 1. Becoming an academy will give us more resources and more flexibility.

“Catmose College has been an academy for about 12 months and it has proved very positive in terms of the resources we have available.”

Catmose Primary School, which was formerly called Southfield Primary School, formed a federation with Catmose College in November 2010.

The school changed its name in September.

Mr Williams said the school would keep its name and there would be no changes to staff.

He said he hoped it would mean the school could continue to improve.

He said: “The governing body unanimously decided to consult on these proposals and it is something everyone feels very positive about.”

Mr Williams said the primary school becoming an academy would enable the two schools to work even more closely and share resources.

If the proposals go-ahead, there would be one academy trust responsible for both schools but two governing bodies.

If approved, Catmose Primary would become the second in the county to become an academy.

Brooke Hill Primary Academy became an academy in September.

Uppingham Community College and Casterton Business and Enterprise College are also academies.