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Village school switches to be an academy

Kirkby La Thorpe primary school head teacher Katie Bartle pictured with members of the school council, celebrating becoming an Academy school.

Kirkby La Thorpe primary school head teacher Katie Bartle pictured with members of the school council, celebrating becoming an Academy school.

Another village school near Sleaford has opted out of local authority control to take charge of its own financial future.

Staff and governors of Kirkby la Thorpe Primary School announced on Monday that, after a recent, rigorous examination of their educational performance, the Department of Education has granted the school Academy status.

The change came into effect on December 1 and means that they will be joining the William Alvey, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Ruskington Chestnut Street and Rauceby primary schools as academies that serve the Sleaford area.

Head teacher Katie Bartle said: “This is an extremely exciting development for us, as it will provide the leadership team with even more scope to plan and influence how the school develops, grows and improves its strategic direction in order to provide the best possible care and education for our pupils. We have an exceptional opportunity to build further upon our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2012 that concluded we are a ‘good’ school with ‘outstanding features’.”

She said that although funding incentives had decreased, the benefits of greater autonomy and being in control of their own destiny and finances outweighed staying in local authority control.

They could get best value for money for securing services with longer-term improvements to what can be offered at the school.

In common with other academies, the school will now receive its funding directly from the Department for Education rather than from Lincolnshire Education Authority, allowing the governors and head teacher more control over how the school is run on a day to day basis. For significant improvements to facilities on site, it will be possible to apply directly to the Department of Education for capital grants.

Mrs Bartle hoped parents would see no change to the school’s ethos, values and day-to-day running.

As a progressive Eco School they have generated their own electricity from solar panels since the summer and 
recently gained the Gold Artmark.

 

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