School’s plan for academy

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A PRIMARY school could become an academy as it builds on its success.

The governors of New Seaham Primary have applied for the school to become a stand alone academy, which would allow it to put together its own curriculum and a wider choice of the services it can buy in, freeing it from authority-only resources.

The bid will be considered by the Department for Education, with parents and groups linked with the school being asked their views.

A decision is expected in about six months.

Chairman of the governors Eric Southwick said: “The school is in the consultation and investigation stages of the academy conversion process so nothing is final until they are complete.

“But the governors remain committed to ensuring the children have an outstanding educational experience.”

The school was given an outstanding grade, the highest possible, when it was last inspected by Ofsted.

Other forms of academy include schools which are sponsored by businesses and ones which are under-performing and instructed to under go the change to improve.