Charles Read Academy to close by September 2014

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Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen is to close with staff and pupils being moved to a school in Grantham.

The 230 pupils at Charles Read will transfer to the West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s by September 2014.

Academies trust chief executive officer Trudy Brothwell said she believed the move would “increase opportunities for the Charles Read Academy students”. They will be able to enrol on courses currently offered at St Hugh’s such as drama, dance, media, engineering, Spanish and hairdressing.

Mrs Brothwell added: “The education standards are very different in the two schools. Educational standards in St Hugh’s is outstanding. Pupils’ attainment on entry is low but standards achieved when they leave is outstanding.

“A lot of work has taken place at Charles Read to raise it up to the same standards. This has not happened so obviously we want to make sure that youngsters have access to the best possible provision they can.”

Charles Read, which converted to an academy in January 2011, is one of four schools under the umbrella of the West Grantham Academies Trust, along with St Hugh’s, Earl of Dysart Primary School and Spitalgate Primary School.

It was listed in the bottom 200 in the country in the latest school league tables, with just 38 per cent of pupils achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE level.

Mrs Brothwell said there was no link between poor attainment and the decision to close the school.

She said the decision to close the school was made in part because of changes in Government funding, which is allocated per pupil.

According to local authority figures, there will be fewer children starting secondary schools in the next few years which will result in less funding for all Grantham area schools.

Mrs Brothwell said there would be no job losses as a result of the school’s closure.

Additional classroom space is already available to cope with the addition of 230 Charles Read pupils, as the two primary schools under the trust have merged.