Newmarket College will close and reopen as an academy in time for the start of the new school year in September after ministers signed the order to allow it to join the Samuel Ward Trust.
College executive head, Howard Lay, the trust’s chief executive, and principal of the Samuel Ward Academy in Haverill, which will accept the trust’s constitution in areas such as values and ethos, pupil leadership, enrichment by sport, leisure and general activities, charity and internationalism and teaching.
The Exning Road college has been in special measures since February last year, but interim head teacher Nick Froy said he hoped this would soon change. “We are not trying to suggest that with a new name it will be job done. But we are now making the expected level of progress to get out of special measures,” he said.
The school’s governing body will remain in place and will not be replaced by trust governors.
“Our governors are extremely dedicated and work incredibly hard and I think they fit well with the trust. They think it is right ethos for the school and the trust will want them on board,” Mr Froy said.
Mr Lay added: “September will be when the changes and approaches to behaviour and a new vision, are visible.
“Schools have been too dependent on the local authority.
“When you are an academy you become very independent. We developed an interdependence model where schools help each other.”