The most successful primary school in Kettering has begun the process of becoming an academy.
Hall Meadow Primary School, in Packer Road, has begun consulting parents and carers about forming a multi-academy trust with Inspire Teaching Schools.
The school, which caters for about 210 pupils aged four to 11, is currently run by Northamptonshire County Council and is top of the most recent performance tables for primary schools in the Kettering area.
A letter from headteacher Tania Watts to parents says: “It has always been a shared vision and priority of the governing body to enable the school to continue to provide an excellent education for our children.
“While we strive to retain our outstanding and unique qualities and strengths, we recognise that the role of local authorities in supporting schools is diminishing and that it is Government policy to encourage schools to become academies.
“The governing body of Hall Meadow Primary School believes the best way of improving standards in the future while maintaining our school ethos, philosophy and values, is to form a ‘Multi-Academy Trust’ with Inspire Teaching Schools.
“A MAT of our own making will give us all the control we need to forge a powerful future.”
Academies are state schools run by trusts, and are funded directly by the government rather than the county council.
The letter goes on to say there are no plans to change the school’s name, logo, uniform or identity, and all staff will become employees of the new trust with the same terms and conditions.
The school will also retain its own governing body but there will also be a board of directors, some of whom will be governors.