THE Manor School at Mansfield Woodhouse is celebrating after being selected to convert to an academy.
It will be the first in the Mansfield area to achieve the status without the support of a sponsor, after receiving a good with outstanding areas Ofsted result.
Headteacher Jonathon Hickman said the school’s standard of student achievement, leadership, its finances and history of working in partnership with other schools were judged good enough to make it suitable for academy status.
“We are delighted that our application to convert to academy status has been granted by the Secretary of State,” he said.
“The fact that the school is able to become an academy based upon its own strengths is a glowing testament to the hard work of students, staff, parents and governors in bringing about significant improvements in the school over the last few years.”
Mr Hickman said he was thrilled Manor did not have to go into partnership with another school or be reliant on a business investor.
The school received an academy order last Wednesday which gave it the official go ahead. Now staff and governors will have to go through the necessary legal processes involved in converting to an academy.
“We now get the opportunity to decide how we spend our money and who we buy services from. It will give us greater flexibility in how we operate and we will be able to offer more effective opportunities for our students,” Mr Hickman said.
“We talked long and hard about this - there is always going to be a certain amount of questions and anxieties about changing from state school but overall the view is at this time it is the right thing to do.”
Margaret Lovell, chairman of the board of governors, said this was an exciting time for the school.
“The governors have been very supportive generally,” she said. “We are very pleased because we are going on the strength of a good with outstanding Ofsted report.
“The opportunities we will get as a result of this will be in the best interests of our students.”