Alfred School issues statement after government's academy u-turn
that the Government has abandoned plans to convert all schools
to academies has been welcomed by Somerset County Council and
it has led to a statement being issued by King Alfred School in
Highbridge this week.
month, Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
here that King Alfred School is considering becoming an academy.
school spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Tuesday (May 10th):
"The King Alfred School Governing Body has been considering
partnering with a successful Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) for many
believe that any partnership arrangement should make a positive
difference to our students, staff and community. The benefits
of strong partnership working are clear to us, as well as the
additional benefits becoming an academy could bring to our School."
consultation period continues to run until Monday 6th June 2016
and we look forward to hearing the views of all those involved
after this date. At the forefront of the decision will be the
importance of securing the future of The King Alfred School and
our Sixth form provision."
consultation meeting about joining the Clevedon Learning Trust
was held last Thursday (5th May).
Cabinet member for Children and Families, Cllr Frances Nicholson,
had criticised the national plans in a letter to the Secretary
of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, saying: "There is no
evidence that the structural change of academisation improves
outcomes for children."
Under the original draft government plans, all state schools in
England would have left the oversight of the local authority by
in a turnaround over the past week, the Government said that they
support strong local authorities where schools are good and outstanding
and that they can make their own choice whether to convert.
"Until we understand exactly what is in the new proposals
I cant go into too much detail," Cllr Nicholson said.
However, we are very pleased with the Secretary of States
decision and welcome the choice this gives back to all schools.
"Its important that policy makers listen. They asked
for comment, people responded and they seem to have taken that
on board and that is how it should be. We will continue to work
with all of our schools to support strong partnership working
that enables all children to fulfil their potential."