Town college moves ahead with plans for academy status
Governors of Newmarket College are to pursue academy status for the school in a bid to drive up educational standards for its pupils.
The news comes after Suffolk plummeted down the national league table for GCSE results, sparking a warning that the county was in danger of creating a “lost generation” of young people. The county’s fall to 142nd in the list of 151 local authorities prompted the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to raise concerns over the county council’s governance of local schools.
By becoming an academy the Exning Road college would be outside local authority control and would be run by a board of governors through a charitable trust able to make its own decisions on its curriculum and staffing.
College principal Bob Cadwalladr said: “This is a serious and significant step and one which we have taken great care and deliberation to get right.” The governors will pursue sponsored academy status with educational charity CfBT which currently supports 15 schools as sponsored academies, including Ely College.
“I think that this is an opportunity to change the game and we can only get stronger with their support and resources. In the end we believe that CfBT will help us to become what we want and need to be – a good local school for all the young people of Newmarket,” said Mr Cadwalladr.
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