A TOP-performing primary has become the latest local school to take academy-status.
Ninestiles School is the first in Birmingham to join a new-wave of schools, outside local authority control.
The school, in Acocks Grenn, has been rated as outstanding in its past three Ofsted inspections, will now have greater independence.
Last year, two of Solihull’s secondary schools - Arden and Tudor Grange - became academies under the same legislation.
Under the Academies Act, introduced in May, high-flying schools were offered the chance to open as academies which give them greater independence.