Corby primary may seek academy status

Headteacher of Kingswood Primary School, Wendy Gordon, and pupils celebrate after it was taken out of special measures. The school may now seek academy status
Headteacher of Kingswood Primary School, Wendy Gordon, and pupils celebrate after it was taken out of special measures. The school may now seek academy status
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A Corby primary school is asking parents views on plans to seek academy status.

Kingswood Primary School is to hold two consultation meetings which people can attend to find out more about the proposal.

A letter has also been sent to parents setting out the benefits of becoming an academy.

The school’s governing body has held lengthy discussions on the move and has decided it would be in the school’s best interest to become an academy as part of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, sponsors of the new Corby Primary Academy to be built on the Oakley Vale estate, in the town.

The consultation process will run until Friday, December 17, and will also include talks with staff and union representatives.

The letter, sent jointly by headteacher Wendy Gordon and Barry Day, of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, says: “The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust is an established academy sponsor with an excellent track record in school improvement and an established background in educational experience and expertise.

“As part of the trust we would be able to continue to build on our successes by sharing our expertise with other schools, as well as benefitting from support from other schools within the trust to further develop our own practice.

“The trust has a central team that would provide a range of high quality services such as human resources, payroll, health and safety, procurement, catering, data, curriculum development and extended opportunities. These services are already established and would support our school, thus allowing the leadership and teaching team to focus on continuing to developing the quality of teaching and learning.”

The consultation meetings are being held at Kingswood Primary School on Tuesday, December 4, at 6pm, and Friday December 7, at 9.40am.