Stamford Queen Eleanor School headteacher welcomes academy decision

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A HEADTEACHER has welcomed governors’ decision for a school to become an academy.

Stamford Queen Eleanor School is hoped to become an academy on January 1, 2012, after the board of governors backed the plan.

The governors voted overwhelmingly at a meeting on Thursday last week to convert to an academy following a public consultation.

Headteacher Wendy Hamilton informed the Department of Education on Monday of the school’s intention to convert to an academy.

The move will give the school an extra £150,000 a year and more control over where it spends its money. The school currently has a budget of £2m.

Miss Hamilton has welcomed the governors’ decision.

She said: “I am pleased with the governors’ response. We went through a full consultation, which was a very positive experience and it is full steam ahead for us now.

“We think it is going to be a very positive move and development of the school.”

The school will join the CfBT Schools Trust, an education trust with which it already works with on this.

The school will be applying to the Government for a £25,000 grant to help with the conversion.

A consultation with staff, parents and the community was held over the last month.

Over the summer months, Miss Hamilton and her staff will be working through the legal and background work.

This will include transferring staff contracts to the academy.

Miss Hamilton will also be looking at the transfer of the school’s assets.

She said: “I would like thank everyone who participated in the consultation process.

“Parents and stakeholders were overwhelmingly in favour of this proposition and we appreciated their support.

“There is a lot of hard work to be completed between now and conversion, but I am confident my staff will achieve this deadline and ensure a smooth transition.”

Schools which have already converted are: Bourne Abbey and the Charles Read in Corby Glen,

Those intending to become academies include The Deepings School, The Robert Manning College and Bourne Westfield School. Bourne Grammar School hopes to convert.