Cavendish School aiming for academy status

CAVENDISH School is putting forward an application to become an academy.

Following a consultation period with staff, parents and stakeholders, governors of the Eldon Road secondary school decided on Tuesday (February 21) to put forward an application to the Department of Education.

Kenny Fitzpatrick, head teacher at Cavendish, said there was ‘careful consideration’ at the meeting but that the vote was unanimously for the school becoming an academy and the whole governing body decided to move forward with the application process.

Nigel Askew, chair of the governors, said, “The government has offered some schools a fast track route to becoming an academy.

“As a school deemed to be performing well, the Cavendish School governors believe that becoming an academy will enable us to offer all our students the best possible life chances.”

Mr Fitzpatrick said he strongly believes this is the way forward for his school in the current education climate.

He told the Herald, “At Cavendish School our motto is ‘believing in excellence’.

“I believe that becoming an academy will enable us to become outstanding more quickly, thereby achieving excellence for the entire Cavendish community.”

The government is inviting more schools to apply for the semi-independent status.

The change involves schools existing outside local authorities and being in charge of budgets, pay and conditions.

Cavendish School anticipates the application process will take four to five months. During this time the school will be keeping students, parents, and stakeholders informed of the progress of the application via the school website.

The announcement by Cavendish comes after the news in December that the school would be consulting with parents on the proposals.

At the same time, Ratton, which is already a trust school, was also consulting on similar proposals.

The Herald understand Ratton School, in Park Avenue, has not yet made a decision on the matter but governors are due to discuss converting the school to an academy soon.

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