School completes its conversion to an academy

A WORLE school has formally completed its switch to academy status.

Priory Community School learned last week that its application to convert had been given the official green light.

The Queensway school will become the second in Weston to complete the change, after Wyvern Community School became Hans Price Academy on May 1.

The change will allow the school greater control over its budget and curriculum, and could enhance its community links.

However, principal Neville Coles said he believes it will be ‘business as usual’ with the school today (Thurs) due to receive exam results he expects to be among the best in the district.

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He said: “Becoming an academy is great news for all concerned.

“Our results are expected to be excellent again this summer. The community knows we are a highly successful local comprehensive school.

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“This is another stage in us building on our past successes.”

Chair of Governors, Gary Leece, added: “We are finally an academy after being consulting about this potential change since December 2010.

“This means we can continue our culture of motivation, aspiration and innovation and inspiring students to be the best they can be. And the school can continue to be right at the centre of the community.”

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