New academy sponsor interested in running Charles Read Academy

An academy sponsor has approached the West Grantham Academies Trust to discuss the possibility of The Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen joining its network.

West Grantham Academies Trust announced in January it plans to close the school by September 2014 and transfer the 230 pupils at Charles Read will transfer to the West Grantham Academy St
Hugh’s.

The trust is currently consulting on the plans and has to get permission from the Department of Education and trustees before it can close the school.

At this stage, all options, including the academy joining another sponsor, are being seriously considered during the consultation process.

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Martin Hill (Con) said: “This is a welcome development which needs to be considered as part of the consultation process.

“It has been clear that parents and pupils at the school don’t want to see it close, especially as it would mean travelling vast distances to another school.

“As I have said, Grantham has growth point status and we will need to find more school places in a few years’ time, so this approach from an academy sponsor who might be able to provide the necessary support needs to be explored.”

Executive councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell (Con) said: “The West Grantham Academies Trust is working hard for a positive resolution to Charles Read’s long-term future and we are pleased to see another option on the table that will be included as part of the consultation process.

“It’s important for parents to be patient and there is no need to transfer children at this time.”