Following recommendations from the Department for Education Toothill Primary School will become a Sponsored Academy on 1 April under the auspices of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).
The Link revealed in November that the school will be the first primary in the town to be taken away from the local education authority and placed under the responsibility of external school managers.
Sponsored academies usually come about when schools have been underperforming and the Department of Education determines that action is needed to raise standards and ensure that the children in these schools are able to achieve their full potential.
All schools becoming sponsored primary academies receive £25,000 to cover costs such as legal expenses. In addition, sponsors are able to claim up to a further £40,000 where there is evidence that funds are required to raise the quality of education on offer.
Where a school faces significant educational problems and requires intensive support from the sponsor and the Department, a greater level of funding is available.
Positive move for the school
Commenting on the selection of AET as the sponsoring body, chair of governors Julie Nurden said: “This is a positive move for the school. We chose AET for their enthusiasm and their clear vision, allowing Toothill to retain its autonomy and its identity.”
Pictured: governor Jan Milson, left, and chair of governors, Julie Nurden