Academy status for town junior school

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A Daventry junior school which was put into special measures last year, has 
converted into an academy.

The Abbey Junior School in Vicar Lane has become The Abbey Academy on Sunday. And, as well as a new name, there will be new signs and new uniform at the start of the spring term.

Sponsoring the academy is The David Ross Educational Trust. The conversion also means the academy is no longer in special measures which it was put into in May 2012.

The academy’s headteacher, Liza Davies, said: “The governing body looked and decided that conversion was the best option for us.

“As a result of this, the Abbey Junior School is no longer in special measures.”

She was keen to praise the hard work by both staff and pupils in transforming the school.

Miss Davies added: “The change in the school has been down to the dedication of the staff and all of the hard work they have put in.

“All of my teachers have been judged to be either good or outstanding and this has been recognised by both the local authority and Ofsted. As a result, the pupils’ learning has been accelerated. This is a good school and we will continue to improve even with these latest changes.”

Turning the school into an academy will also give the school other opportunities.

Miss Davies added: “We will be able to link with Welton and Newnham and offer a wider range of opportunities for the children at the school.

“Already we have had the chance to go snowboarding and ice skating. We can also do different types of days for the children.”

An official academy launch will happen in the new year.