Mablethorpe Primary School makes bid for academy status

Mablethorpe Primary could become an academy school under new plans which have been unveiled.
Mablethorpe Primary could become an academy school under new plans which have been unveiled.

MABLETHORPE Primary and Nursery School has announced plans to become an academy, the Leader can reveal.

The school’s governors have unanimously decided to begin the necessary consultation period to link up with the Nottingham-based Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) from September.

The Trust already sponsor the new Skegness Academy, as well as academies in Nottingham and Northampton.

The school, which has around 350 pupils, was deemed to be ‘inadequate’ and requiring ‘significant improvement’ in their Ofsted inspectors’ report in September last year.

Academy status would free the school from local authority control of finances and curriculum delivery, bringing in funding directly from central government.

School Head Catherine Teale said: “We are looking forward to the new opportunities this change will bring to our school and the positive impact of joining such a successful organisation.”

GDFT chief executive, Barry Day OBE, added: “There is a real vibrancy to the present school and the pupils are happy and keen to learn.

“We look forward to working with the Headteacher, staff and governors to make this an outstanding academy.”

The school began a one-month consultation period on Monday, and will hold a meeting with parents on Thursday, April 19 at 6pm.

Louth’s Kidgate Primary School and Cordeaux School have also announced academy plans in recent weeks.

Andrew Austin, Joint Chair of local action group Save our Schools for Louth and Mablethorpe, said the group would comment further when they had the full facts but added: “We’re vehemently against schools becoming academies, there’s no educational argument for them.”

Is academy status the right move for Mablethorpe Primary? DO you agree with the plans? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.