LAST month, Ninestiles School in Acocks Green became the latest to convert to academy status - leaving local authority control.
On Monday, the Solihull News met the principal, Christine Quinn, and members of the student innovation group to talk about the change.
“To be honest it wasn’t a difficult decision for us, we thought it was the best thing for the school,” said Ms Quinn.
“It’s important that people realise that even though we’ve left the authority, we’ll continue to work with other schools and the local community.”
Ninestiles, which has been ranked as outstanding in its past three Ofsted inspections, was invited to become an academy last year.
The change will give the school more independence and a greater say on how it spends its budget.
In the past it was struggling schools who were invited to take the status, now it’s those at the top of the league tables.
But does Ninestiles agree with Education Secretary Michael Gove’s comments last week, that all new schools should be academies?
“Outstanding schools have demonstrated that they’re strong, that they’ve met the criteria, to support themselves,” added Ms Quinn.
“If Mr Gove thinks that academies are a way of improving schools that’s understandable.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary for every school to become an academy, there are benefits in having a mix.”
Ninestiles follows Arden and Tudor Grange, the top state schools in Solihull, in taking the status.
Year 11 pupil Matthew Davey said: “I think the best way to show what academies are and what they can achieve is by example.”