Published: September 15, 2011
Highbridge's King Alfred School abandons bid for academy status

The 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 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.


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