St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Kettering has become the first academy to join the newly established Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET).
Miranda Robinson, director of education for the Diocese of Peterborough said: “St Andrew’s Primary School is the perfect first academy for us.
“They have made a significant number of changes and are on a path of rapid improvement.
“Each school joining PDET will maintain its own unique identity but the Trust believes that by working together, they will achieve more than by each school working alone.”
Academies receive their money direct from central Government, as opposed to local education authorities, and are free to set their own pay and conditions for staff, as well as having more freedom in the delivery of the National Curriculum.
Three more schools in the diocese – which covers Northamptonshire, Rutland and Peterborough – have chosen to convert with PDET in July, one more in September and another two have chosen to convert in October.
A spokesman for the trust said: “This will result in improved school improvement resources, effective economies of scale and substantial benefits for all of the pupils and staff in the schools.
“PDET firmly believes that their approach will further enable the schools within the Trust to improve.”
Cathy Armstrong, the chair of governors at St Andrew’s Primary School said: “We are delighted to have joined PDET.
“The trust really understands our needs and objectives as a church school and we are excited to be working with them more closely as we improve standards for our whole school family.”
St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School has more than 200 pupils and is located in a residential area near Kettering town centre.
It is due to undergo a large extension later in 2014 which will increase its capacity to 315.