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What is an academy?
Academies are publicly funded, state schools which have:
Independence from local authorities
This would allow us to procure services that we need in order to provide the best possible life chances for our children. Such services could be provided by the local authority, but as an academy we would be able to ensure that we got best value for our money. The competitive market that all service providers are in would certainly sharpen everyone’s sense of customer satisfaction and engagement.
Academies are state schools and so remain free. We can, after appropriate consultation, set our own school term dates and the length of the school day (subject to being consistent with staff’s terms and conditions of employment). They also make bids for capital funding for buildings directly to the Department for Education.
Independence in setting the curriculum, being able to maintain and develop our own unique curriculum.
Academy status allows schools freedom to choose the most appropriate curriculum for its children. This would enable us to provide a broad and balanced curriculum best suited to the needs and interests of our children to maximise their success and future prospects.
A formal commitment to work on school improvement with other schools.
We already work collaboratively with a range of schools, and in becoming an academy there will be a formal requirement to work with partner schools.
Greater freedom over how the money provided for the school is spent.
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