Letchworth school halts academy status pursuit

A SCHOOL is not to become an academy because the advantages “are not clear or tangible enough”, it was revealed yesterday (Thursday).

The Highfield School in Letchworth GC has decided not to pursue academy status, which would make the school independent from local authority control.

Education secretary Michael Gove announced in May last year that every single school in England would be invited to become an academy under sweeping education reforms, and so far uptake has passed the 1,000 mark.

“The governing body has decided not to pursue academy status for The Highfield School at this time,” said the school governors in a statement.

“We believe that while there are some aspects of academies which are doubtless advantageous, at the moment the advantages for The Highfield School are not clear or tangible enough.”

Headteacher Ian Morris said: “I would like to thank all those who took part in our consultation process. We consulted parents, staff and the wider community and we have listened to their views. It was important that we explored the option of becoming an academy.”

Keith Robertson, chairman of governors, added: “The Highfield School remains as committed as ever to serving the local community and providing a first class education for local residents. The governing body have committed to keep this decision under regular review, and to revisit this decision as the when the situation changes.”

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