The coalition government has made some significant decisions around educational policy which will change and re-shape the English education system. Of greatest significance is the move to give schools greater freedoms and controls by asking schools rated as Good with Outstanding features or Outstanding to become academies and take the lead in providing educational excellence.
The Governing Body and Head Teacher are committed to maintaining and improving the quality of educational provision at Victoria Dock Primary School for the benefit of the children. As such, investigations have begun, looking at the possible benefits of converting to Academy status – so far, only positive things have been discovered.
Having Academy status will provide the school with the independence from the Local Authority and offer the freedom to determine how best to allocate resources and control the quality of services. As an Academy, the school will be in charge of their our budget and spend the enhanced funding directly on the children at Victoria Dock Primary School. Victoria Dock Primary School has always been, and will continue to be, about the children.
Victoria Dock Primary School’s Governing Body will continue to investigate the benefits of the school converting to Academy status (and any possible negatives). Findings will be published on this page, keeping you fully informed of the progress being made. It is important for us to state that the school ethos, practices and values of the school will remain. Becoming an Academy is about independence and budget; our staff and children will continue just as they have been doing, if not better!
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More information can be found on the Department for Education website at: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies/whatisanacademy
Questions and responses from the consultation meeting with parents: Questions and Responses – Parents