First primary school for academy status

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 August 2012

Locking Castle Campus

Locking Castle Campus

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A WESTON school is set to become the first North Somerset primary to change to an academy.

Herons’ Moor Community Primary School is on track to make the change in status this September.

In April North Somerset Council remained tight-lipped over rumours of changes at The Campus in Locking Castle, where the school is based.

It refused to quash rumours that the flagship development in Highlands Lane could be taken over by a private company or community group and the change to academy also made.

As part of the conversion, the council is set to hand over control of land and buildings on a 125-year lease, with the academy being responsible for upkeep.

If the application goes ahead as planned, Herons’ Moor is set to become the first primary-aged academy in North Somerset.

There are already several in Somerset and Kingshill Primary School in Nailsea is discussing converting to an academy with the Department of Education and the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

When a school becomes academy it means it should also gain greater internal control over curriculum and finances and can apply directly to the Government for grants.

The school is yet to reveal what name it would take on should the change take place next month.

It sent home a letter to parents in May asking them to choose from Herons’ Moor Primary Academy, Herons’ Moor Academy or Herons’ Moor Primary School.

The letter said: “Parents and children will see very little change in the day to day running of the school.

“School uniform will continue to be navy and gold and you will not be required to purchase new uniform with the new name until it needs replacing.”

Hans Price Academy became the first school in North Somerset when it converted from Wyvern Community School last year.


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