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“MORE freedom” is the message from a headteacher, whose school is about to convert to an academy.

“MORE freedom” is the message from a headteacher, whose school is about to convert to an academy.

Andrew Mackereth, executive headteacher of Archbishop Grimshaw School, said there would be many benefits for pupils.

The Chelmsley Wood-based school will become the sixth in the borough to take the status, sponsored by the high-flying Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

“I think that there will be less restrictions over how we spend money and the grants will be bigger,” he told the Solihull News.

“But that in itself would not be a reason to take academy status, because there’s a lot of advantages to remaining in the local authority family.

“We will be sponsored by a highly-successful school, hopefully some of their teachers will be coming over to us and we’ll have excellent resources.”

Archbishop Grimshaw is due to be re-branded the John Henry Newman Catholic College, in the New Year.

Once the changes have been made, the school will have greater control over admissions, finances and resources.

“I’ve been disappointed in some of the media reporting; one article referred to this as the ‘troubled’ Archbishop Grimshaw,” said Mr Mackereth.

“I don’t think that’s fair on the 1,000 young people who come here for an education.”

Earlier this year, the school was given a Notice to Improve by the Education Watchdog and Mr Mackereth paid tribute to the way his staff responded.

“When Ofsted came back a few months ago, they said there had been rapid improvements,” he added.

 

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