Cheddar school gets academy status

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 June 2011

Kings of Wessex School

Kings of Wessex School

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KINGS of Wessex School in Cheddar has become an academy after receiving an offical green light from the Government.

The school this week won received official confirmation from the Secretary of State for Education that it could run as an academy from June 1.

The change was initially scheduled for last September, but a hold-up getting the change approved by the Church of England meant the switch was delayed.

The school, which will now be known as The Kings of Wessex Academy, will become independent of the local education authority, and will receive its funding directly from Government.

Academy status allows the school to have an increase in funding to improve education, enhance community links, and offers greater control over the school budget for teaching and learning.

Peter Lythgoe is the current chair of governors.

He said: “This is fantastic news for Kings.

“Becoming an academy means that we will continue to be able to provide our young people with an outstanding education and to develop further the opportunities for all our students.

“We can all be proud of this new step forward and the significant benefits that it will bring our young people and community in the years ahead.”

The Kings of Wessex Academy will continue to maintain the existing admission criteria with no selection based on ability.

The school is now run by an academy Trust, composed of the governing Body, parents and members of the community.

Kings Fitness and Leisure will continue to be owned and operated by the academy.

Headteacher Chris Richardson said: “After a year of unprecedented negotiations, it is wonderful that Kings is finally an academy.

“I know that academy status will enhance our work at Kings to ensure that we build on our success as an outstanding school to provide a world-class education for all our young people.”

Kings of Wessex is the second school in the area to complete an academy switch, after Weston’s Wyvern Community School became the Hans Price Academy on May 1.

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