Primary proceeds with academy plans

By David Newble

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

Primary proceeds with academy plans

Northwood Primary School hopes to join other Isle of Wight schools in becoming an academy. Picture by Laura Holme.

GOVERNORS at Northwood Primary School have confirmed they will apply to the government to become an academy school.

At a meeting on Monday, they unanimously resolved to apply to the Department for Education for permission to become an academy.

Theoretically, permission could be refused, but that is highly unlikely given the school’s outstanding Ofsted and excellent SATs results according to governors.

Wendy Bluestone, chair of governors, said: "This decision follows a full consultation, commissioned by the governing body, which took place during September and October.

"Governors carefully considered the response to the consultation before making their decision and a copy of the consultation report is available for everyone to see."

She added: "We would never support any move that didn’t enhance our ability to provide the very best for our pupils. We truly believe that academy status offers a real opportunity to preserve the school’s unique character and ethos and will enable us to build on Northwood’s already outstanding achievements."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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