Stamford and Bourne schools move to academy status

Tree planting at Bourne Acadamey: from left, Liz Dyer, Gill Stoneman, John Kirkman, Clare Woolsey, Charlotte Farquharson, Bourne Mayor Brenda Johnson and Laurence Reilly
Tree planting at Bourne Acadamey: from left, Liz Dyer, Gill Stoneman, John Kirkman, Clare Woolsey, Charlotte Farquharson, Bourne Mayor Brenda Johnson and Laurence Reilly

SCHOOLS are looking to the future after completing the conversion to academy status.

Six months of hard work paid off for Stamford Queen Eleanor School when it became an academy on Monday.

The school, which will keep its name and uniform, began the process in June and after months of paperwork and consultation was able to make the conversion with the help of the CfBT Schools Trust.

Headteacher Wendy Hamilton said: “Becoming an academy will enable us to be more independent, receive significant additional resources, develop closer relationships with other local schools in the CfBT Schools Trust and maximise our budgets by buying more flexible, better value services.

“I would like thank everyone who has supported us during this process and I look forward to leading the school through the exciting next stage of its development”.

Queen Eleanor is one of many schools that have converted or are in the process of becoming academies.

Bourne Academy, formerly The Robert Manning College, celebrated its conversion with a ribbon cutting on October 21.

The school, in Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne, welcomed visitors on the day including the Mayor of Bourne Brenda Johnson who officially opened Bourne Academy. A commemorative tree was also planted.

Headteacher Laurence Reilly, who was formerly principal, said he was very grateful to the governors and guests who attended the event.

He said: “I felt particularly pleased and proud of all the students who volunteered to give up the first day of their holiday to show our guests around the school or to put on a wide range of interesting displays.

“These included dance, sport, drama and music for our visitors, staff and fellow students to enjoy.

“This clearly demonstrated the pride that our students have in their school. The future for Bourne Academy is indeed bright.”

It was confirmed in June that the school would be given academy status, after its governors voted to pursue the application following Government approval from education secretary Michael Gove.

The school opened as an academy on September 1.

Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, formerly Bourne Abbey Primary School, changed its status in December - becoming the first school in the town to gain academy status.

Bourne Westfield Primary School also converted to an academy on Tuesday and is now known as Bourne Westfield Primary Academy.

Headteacher Tim Bright is pleased that the conversion went smoothly for the school.

He said: “We are obviously delighted that the process has gone through so well.

“I know staff and governors want to ensure that the opportunities available are used to develop the educational provision for all the children here at Westfield.”

Malcolm Sargent Primary School in Stamford hopes to convert to an academy by December 1. Headteacher Tristan Revell confirmed that the paperwork was finalised and the school was just waiting for a final vote from its governors.

And Bourne Grammar School is hoping to convert to an academy in January, after revealing in October last year that it wanted to apply.