The Deepings School set for academy switch

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A HEADTEACHER is excited about the “enormous benefits” academy status could bring his school.

The Deepings School yesterday confirmed it is seeking academy status for September 2011.

The formal consultation process is complete and the school can now push forward its application.

The school qualifies to apply immediately for the status because of its latest Ofsted inspection which was ‘outstanding’.

Secretary of state for education Michael Gove is encouraging all schools to convert to academy status over the next few years.

Headteacher Chris Beckett said: “The governors and I have taken our time to assess the pros and cons of academy status and now feels like the appropriate time to leave the local authority and seek pastures new.

“We will be working closely with the CfBT Schools Trust as there are enormous benefits for staff, students and the school in general.

“All of us are genuinely excited and looking forward to a positive partnership and feel confident that this relationship will see the school continue to progress over the coming years.”

More than 400 schools in England have become academies since September last year with the majority being secondary schools.

The status gives schools greater freedom from local authorities, enabling them to set their own curriculum, change the length of terms and school days and set their own pay and conditions for staff.

Chairman of governors Jonathan Theobalds said: “The governing body is firmly behind this proposal and feel that the partnership and support network offered by CfBT Schools Trust is right for our school.

“We are heavily involved in shaping the work and policies of the trust and this partnership will see The Deepings School continue to be at the leading edge of education in the local area.”