Welton school in academy bid

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WELTON Primary School is looking at becoming an academy.

If successful the school would be the first that teaches primary school children to become an academy in the Daventry district.

The Government invited the school, judged to be outstanding by Ofsted, to become an academy in 2010. The time has been spent looking at what becoming an academy would mean for the school.

A consultation will be launched tomorrow (Friday) lasting four weeks to ask parents, staff and the local community what they think of the plans with the school seriously considering the option.

Headteacher Yvonne Watts said: “We are tremendously proud of everything we have achieved as a school. I believe that we have a fantastic group of pupils, staff and governors who have laid the foundation for years of success.

“However, we want to continue to ensure that we have complete control of the school’s future direction.

“This is not a decision that we are taking lightly, but due to the decreasing role of the local education authority, we now feel the time is right for the whole Welton community to discuss if it’s right for us.”

Academy status would give the school greater flexibility and financial freedom to deliver more opportunities to pupils and better rewards for staff.

A letter and booklet explaining what an academy is and what it would mean for the school was due to be sent out tomorrow (Friday) to parents and carers as well as members of the local community.

People will also be asked for their views about the school’s sponsor for the academy, educational charity the David Ross Foundation.

Mrs Watts added: “After a great deal of deliberation, we feel the foundation vision of broadening young peoples’ horizons coupled with their educational expertise means they are a perfect fit for us.”