Corby school canvasses views on academy status

Lodge Park Technology College acting principal Alison Hayes
Lodge Park Technology College acting principal Alison Hayes

Lodge Park Technology College, Corby, is to ask parents and carers of pupils, staff and local residents to give their views on the college becoming an academy.

The school, in Shetland Way, was placed into special measures earlier this year, and with the support of Northamptonshire County Council and the David Ross Education Trust, has been working to address the issues raised by Ofsted.

This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of top grades achieved in A-Level examinations, and an improvement in GCSE results.

Alison Hayes, the interim principal, said: “I appreciate that there has been talk about Lodge Park becoming an academy for sometime. The reality is that we put those plans to one side so we could focus on our immediate response to the Ofsted visit. It is, however, now the right time to look at becoming an academy again.”

The college’s senior leadership team and interim executive board believe that achieving academy status will support the progress the college is making.

Mrs Hayes said: “This is not a decision that we are taking lightly, but due to the decreasing role of the local education authority, as well as the increasing choice for parents, we now feel the time is right for the whole school community to discuss if this is right for us.”

Academy status would offer the school greater flexibility and financial freedom to deliver more opportunities to pupils, better development opportunities for staff, and more chance to enhance the school’s future by becoming part of a larger and stronger network.

Mrs Hayes said: “We have been working with the David Ross Foundation for sometime, and have built a very strong and productive relationship with them. It is clear they have much to offer the Lodge Park community, so as part of this consultation we would like to formally get views on us becoming part of their academy arm, the David Ross Education Trust.”

A letter and booklet explaining what an academy is and what it would mean for Lodge Park Technology College is being sent out to staff, parents and carers.

The consultation will start on Monday and will last for four weeks.

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