Academy go-ahead for secondary school

Headteacher Bob Clayton, Campion School, Bugbrooke.
Headteacher Bob Clayton, Campion School, Bugbrooke.
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STAFF and pupils are celebrating following news that their school was granted academy status.

From Monday, August 1 Campion School in Bugbrooke will be an academy after winning the go-ahead from the Department of Education last week.

This means the school could have access to extra funding and teachers will have greater flexibility in the classroom to teach according to pupils’ needs and can decide when pupils start their GCSE courses.

Headteacher Bob Clayton said: “We have chosen this route because we think it will provide the best possible future for the children.”

Campion could receive up to £400,000 extra from the government as the money will come directly to the school rather than through Northamptonshire County Council.

Mr Clayton added: “It means pupils could start their GCSEs in Year Nine, we can do different courses and we have businesses who are excited about our plans who are willing to help us.

According to Mr Clayton, Campion School was one of the first judged ‘satisfactory’ by Ofsted to apply for academy status. For them to get the status, they had to work with two other ‘outstanding’ schools on an improvement programme.

He added: “I would not say it has all been plain sailing, there have been some concerns from the staff, but we want to make the transition as smooth as possible.

“Overall, parents have been fully supportive of the plans and have told us to go for it because they can see that it will benefit the school in the longer term.”