King Alfred School abandons bid for academy status
governing body at Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week
made the decision not to proceed with its bid for academy status.
first reported earlier this year here
that the school was considering the change, which would have meant
it would become independent of the local authority, with all funding
being received directly from central government.
However, Chair of Governors Cheryl Burnett told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Thursday: "Following the consultation period, the Governing
Body has formally considered all representations and has decided
that it is not in the best interest of the students of King Alfred
School to convert to academy status at this time."
"The school is rapidly improving with outstanding GCSE results
this summer, retention to the sixth form has been excellent and
teacher recruitment for the new academic year has been first class."
Headteacher Andy Owen said the school's GCSE results have been
confirmed with 68% of students achieving 5 or more A*-C passes
with English and Maths (19% above target) with 87.5% of students
achieving 5 or more A*-C passes (18.5% above target), far exceeding
all previous records for the school.