School is all set to be area’s second academy

Pupils at Burnley Road Primary School, Mytholmroyd
Pupils at Burnley Road Primary School, Mytholmroyd

A SECOND Calder Valley school is set to achieve academy status later this year.

Burnley Road Primary School, Mytholmroyd, has opted out of the control of Calderdale Council and will now be funded directly by the Department of Education.

Under the proposals, the current governing body will be replaced by an academy trust, which will be headed up by four trustees.

Headteacher Mrs Pam Saville said that she believes the change will “move the school forward” and hopes the transfer will be completed by September 1, 2011.

“I feel that it’s a really exciting time in terms of the freedom it gives us with the curriculum and also in fundraising and where we spend our budget,” she said.

“In our recent OFSTED inspection we were rated as ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding features in the community’.

“I’m hopeful we can move the school from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ and this process will allow us to release the reigns to be able to do that.”

Although Minister of Education Michael Gove has given the school official confirmation of the order, under the Education Act 2010, it must transfer its land and buildings and the employment of its staff from Calderdale Council to the academy trust before funding can be released.

A spokesperson for the academy trustees said: “It’s a good move to progress the school forward and give the children a better education.

“It will give the school another opportunity to widen the curriculum.”

Burnley Road follows in the footsteps of Scout Road Primary School, which successfully applied for

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