Academy future for Skegby junior school

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A Skegby junior school is set to be taken over by a trust and turned into a sponsored academy, in a move that will help drive up standards and provide new opportunities.

Daneswood Junior School has been in discussions with the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust since October and plans to become the Skegby Junior Academy from 1st September.

Acting headteacher Louise Fritchley said this trust had been chosen by the governing body and the mandate for becoming an academy has been signed by the Department for Education.

She said: “Consultation has gone out to parents and staff and everything is on track as far as we know.

“Both staff and parents are fully on board because everyone knows we have the best interests of pupils at heart.”

Greenwood Dale has a track record of taking over poorly performing schools and raising standards.

Daneswood was told by Ofsted inspectors in January that it requires improvement.

Becoming an academy would take Daneswood out of local authority control and place Greenwood Dale in charge of how the school is managed and run.

Mrs Fritchley said that the trust will provide additional support in finance, infrastructure, IT and other areas, while being an academy will create a fresh perspective and bring fresh opportunities through developing relationships with other academies.

“We want the best for all children and we will do everything to continue to improve the education of children to give them the best options in life,” she added.