‘Exciting’ future for new academy

The headteacher of a primary school which has been made an academy has said he is looking forward to what the future has in store.

Warwick Primary School and Ruskin Junior School were both made academies earlier this term. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, wrote to the Wellingborough schools during the half-term break to approve their new academy status.

The new deal sees The Education Fellowship (TEF) sponsor the two schools, which will become autonomous of Northamptonshire County Council.

Bill Hoten, headteacher at Warwick Primary, said the partnership with TEF and the John Lewis Partnership, which owns Waitrose, would provide new opportunities for the school and its pupils.

He said the partnership would “create opportunities for children who come to this school which they would never have the opportunity to do”.

Mr Hoten added: “There are some academy sponsors out there who are doing it for the money, but that’s not what we wanted.

“The tangible benefits will come pretty quickly.

“More of the money will come back to the school rather than when we worked through the local authorities. We are going to have more funds to put towards education. The prospect of what is going to happen at the school is really exciting.”

Rushden Community College has already become a TEF academy.