County council leader welcomes decision to keep Charles Read Academy open

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The leader of Lincolnshire County Council has welcomed the news that Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen will stay open after he condemned the proposal to close it.

Councillor Martin Hill said: “This is excellent news for parents, children and the local community and the decision has vindicated all the hard work we have put in with Nick Boles MP. We have strongly supported parents and children who clearly wanted to see their school stay open – this is an important local facility and we don’t want to see children travelling vast distances.

“As I have said before it made little sense to close the school as Grantham becomes a major growth point area, where we will have to find more school places in a few years’ time. I must thank the Secretary of State for taking up the cause and seeing how valuable this school is to the community.”

The future of the Charles Read Academy is safe with the announcement that David Ross Educational Trust will take over the running of the school from the West Grantham Academy Trust.

Lincolnshire County Council joined forces with the parents and residents of Corby Glen earlier this year to secure its future after the viability of the school was thrown into question by the West Grantham Academy Trust.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said this afternoon: “Ministers have, following the business case from West Grantham Academy Trust, decided not to close Charles Read Academy. Instead they have invited David Ross Educational Trust to take over the school. DRET has the necessary background and experience to ensure the long term viability of the school. This decision should give confidence to all parents in the area that Charles Read Academy has a bright future.”