The King’s School may apply for academy status this year

Headteacher of The King's School Charles Dormer is looking into making the school an academy.

Headteacher of The King's School Charles Dormer is looking into making the school an academy.

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BOSSES at The King’s School are looking into changing the school into an academy by September.

Headteacher of the school Charles Dormer said they decided to enquire about the process a few weeks ago.

He said: “We’ve discovered that so many other schools are becoming academies because you get about an extra 10 per cent funding to spend on each pupil.

“We don’t want our pupils to lose out but on the other hand we don’t want to rush to leave the local authority family. We are having to look very closely at it.”

The process is currently being looked into by professionals who will report back to the school next month with the advantages and disadvantages of applying for academy status.

He said: “We are enormously proud of being a grammar school and very grateful to Lincolnshire County Council for allowing us to remain one.”

Mr Dormer said he understands if people are concerned about The King’s School losing it’s grammar school status.

He said: “Of course I’m concerned about the reputation but The King’s School will still be The King’s School. It would just be a change legally from a foundation school to a selective academy.”

Mr Dormer said selective academy status would not mean many changes to the way the school is run or the way pupils are selected.

If they do decide to apply for academy status Mr Dormer said this would happen quite quickly because of the vast amounts of extra money they could gain.

He added: “We are still exploring different possibilities. Obviously there will be consultation exercises with parents.”

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