A Kettering primary school has become the first to join a newly established schools trust.
St Andrew’s Primary School became an academy on May 1 when it joined the Peterborough Diocese Education Trust.
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.
Miranda Robinson, director of education at the new trust, 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 Peterborough Diocese Education Trust will maintain its own unique identity but the trust believes that by working together, they will achieve more than by each school working alone.”
St Andrew’s Primary School chairman of governors Cathy Armstrong said: “We are delighted to have joined the trust.
“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.
It is due to undergo a large extension later in 2014 which will increase its capacity to 315.
The academy says it is confident the new buildings will be full when they open.