Wyvern academy plans progress

WORK to begin changing Wyvern Community School into an academy has taken another step forward.

WORK to begin changing Wyvern Community School into an academy has taken another step forward.

In May, the Weston & Somerset Mercury exclusively revealed that North Somerset Council was in talks with the Government to turn the Weston school into a part privately-run academy.

Education chiefs will now begin talks with the John Cabot Federation, which already runs successful academies in Bristol, about the move.

Executive members for children and young people's services, Councillor Jeremy Blatchford, said: "An academy is a way forward. What this will enable the school to do is get a clean start.


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"We want to raise the educational standard and build on excellent work already being made at the school by headteacher Andy Russell and his team."

Director of children of young people's services, Colin Diamond, added to Cllr Blatchford's sentiment and also reassured residents that the community sports facilities at the school will remain.

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He said: "The community relies heavily on Wyvern for sports and leisure. This is another aspect we will be discussing with any potential sponsors.

"Wyvern will remain a beacon for facilities for Weston.

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