Views are sought on academy status plans

Tollgate Community Junior School Eastbourne. September 19th 2013 E38057P
Tollgate Community Junior School Eastbourne. September 19th 2013 E38057P
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Tollgate Community Junior School is consulting with the community on academy status which could see it become the first junior school in East Sussex to opt for the move.

The school, based at Winston Crescent, is asking for the views of parents, carers and the local community, before deciding whether or not to proceed with an application to the Department of Education.

When schools become academies, they become semi-independent and outside of local authority control.

Tollgate Community Junior School was judged good in its last Ofsted inspection in 2011.

The school’s headteacher Stephen Dennis said, “I am delighted that we are in a strong enough position to be able to consider this important step.

“By choosing to become an academy, we would have greater freedoms, not least in being able to design a new curriculum that would even better meet the needs of all our children.”

The consultation process runs until Friday October 18 and views can be sent by email to: Alternatively people can send letters to be handed in or posted to the school office.

Chair of governors Howard Wardle said, “Tollgate Community Junior School is already a good school but we want to take this opportunity to explore how we can make the school even better and do the very best for families in our local community.”