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School close to academy status

HEART of England School looks set to leave local authority control and become an academy.

HEART of England School looks set to leave local authority control and become an academy.

The Balsall Common-based secondary is working its way through the final stages of the process.

Events were set in motion earlier this year, when the governors voted unanimously to apply for academy status. Now, Education Secretary Michael Gove has given his “wholehearted” backing to Heart of England’s application.

This means that the Government is satisfied the school can operate outside council control.

Headteacher Andrew Mackereth has said there will be no change to the school’s name, uniform or admissions policy.

Heart of England follows in the footsteps of Arden and Tudor Grange, which become academies last year.

This will give them far more control over budget, staff salaries and the school curriculum.

But earlier this year, borough councillors voiced concern about the break-up of the local authority “family”.

They feared that if all the high-flying schools became academies, Solihull could be left with a two tier system.

 

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