King Alfred School unveils plan for academy status
King Alfred School has this week confirmed that it is considering
seeking academy status.
school's Governing Body said it is exploring the opportunity of
converting to academy status following months of discussions and
intended that King Alfred School will form a partnership with
the existing Clevedon Learning Trust (CLT), which currently has
a secondary school, of similar size to King Alfred School, and
two primary schools, with two more primaries due to join shortly.
Clevedon School is an outstanding school (Ofsted 2011), which
has been turned around in the last 10 years by focussing on learning
Alfred School headteacher Denise Hurr told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The concept is to develop a Burnham Hub, with other local
schools joining the Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). A major benefit
in entering into a partnership with the CLT is that it is committed
to a local focus and being modest in size."
will allow The King Alfred School to focus on educational improvement,
and to share the developmental skills offered by the CLT."
have a vision and values very similar to The King Alfred School,
and have a well established Learning Hub that provides career
development opportunities for teachers and support staff, and
there will be scope for the good practice of our school to be
taken up by the CLT. There will be no visual changes at The King
Alfred School with the school's identity being retained."
Mackay, Chairman of Governors, added: "This is a great opportunity
for all students and staff at The King Alfred School, and bearing
in mind the current political context, allows us to be in full
control of our future direction."
may be some modest financial economies of joining the MAT, with
direct revenue funding from the Government's Education Funding
Agency (EFA), and access to capital grant funds for building improvements,
which have been minimal in recent times from the County Council."
plans come after the Government pledged that by 2020 all schools
in the UK will be required to become academies.