New-look Charles Read Academy to hold open evening

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The Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen is inviting parents and pupils – particularly Years 5 and 6 - to go and see the new look academy tonight (September 18) from 6pm to 8pm at its first open evening under the David Ross Educational Trust.

Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Right from the start I strongly supported parents and children who clearly wanted to see their school stay open. The future of the academy is now in good hands and this vindicates the strong stance I took against the threat of closure. I’m looking forward to the open evening tonight and seeing the new look academy for myself – I’d urge local parents and children to show their support and go and see what the academy has to offer. It’s important that children in the area have a local school and it made no sense to close The Charles Read in an area where we would need more school places in a few years’ time.”

Lincolnshire County Council joined forces with parents and residents of Corby Glen at the start of the year to secure its future after the viability of the school was thrown into question by the previous trust in charge of the Charles Read.

The David Ross Educational Trust was brought in to take over the running of the school.

Ali Story, Principal of the Charles Read Academy, said: “After a tough and uncertain start to the year, the determination of parents and children, the county council and the local MP helped to ensure academy life would continue. That’s why it was such a proud moment when the doors reopened for a new school year and a new start for the Charles Read Academy on 5 September.

“We have a strong and committed sponsor behind us in the David Ross Education Trust. We have new staff, extensions to the curriculum, new logo, uniforms and IT infrastructure. Now we want to see the academy thrive with a full number of students - I hope to see parents come to see the new look academy for themselves at our open evening.”