Academy status a step closer for pupils at KGGS

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ACADEMY status for Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School is one step closer after the consultation into the changeover was completed.

Headteacher Graham Burks said the process was very worthwhile and highlighted the community’s concern, support and views about the grammar school, which is the last in Grantham without academy status.

Following the consultation the school’s governors voted in favour of proceeding with a formal application to achieve academy status from September 1, 2012.

Mr Burks told parents: “This is exciting news for the school and we are now working hard to ensure that all is in place for the Minister’s formal consideration of our application, which has to be submitted by August 16.

“If all goes to plan, we will re-open in September as Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, a single sex selective grammar school for girls run by the Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School Academy Trust.”

The school governors decided to look at gaining academy status in April this year as they saw it as a way of safeguarding ‘the provision of high quality teaching and learning’ within the school while maintaining their ethos, name and single sex selection policies.

This went alongside Lincolnshire County Council’s policy, which was encouraging all secondary schools to convert to academy status.

The school bosses believe academy status could improve the resources available for the pupils as a huge financial boost is likely to be made available by the change.

Mr Burks said there may even be the opportunity to look at building projects such as extending the science and creative arts facilities and developing the sixth form at the school.

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