College aims for Academy status

GOVERNORS at Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Community College have started the process which they hope will see the school becoming an Academy next year.

The school’s governing body has already agreed to pursue Academy status, and must formally apply to the Department for Education (DfE) by next Wednesday (May 25).

The first stage is to identify a potential sponsor to support the college’s application and guide it through the process of becoming an Academy – hopefully in January 2012.

A sponsor needs to demonstrate a track record of school improvement in similar circumstances, a proven ability to build capacity, and a commitment to working in partnership with an existing school.

Governors hope the school will become an Academy at the same time as its new buildings – funded by Building Schools for the Future – will be ready.

Chair of Governors Peter Stewart said: “We took this decision – in consultation with the local authority - to bring further resources and greater capacity to the college, in support of its existing objective of raising standards for all pupils.”