Primary school heading for new academy status

Governors feel it is time for change at Holmbush Primary School
Governors feel it is time for change at Holmbush Primary School
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PARENTS at a Shoreham primary school are being consulted about it becoming an academy.

The governing body at Holmbush Primary School said the response to the potential link with a new trust had been positive.

A meeting was held with parents and guardians last Wednesday to explain the proposals to become an academy with the new University of Brighton Academies Trust, which officially launched earlier this month.

Holmbush is one of three schools in the region to be linked with the new trust, which aims to enhance the performance of schools that already achieve good results and improve the performance of others.

Head teacher Rebecca Jackson said: “Holmbush is a very popular and successful school and we are looking to the trust to challenge us in a way that will result in more effective and sustainable improvements to teaching and learning.

“The resources and expertise that the university offers through its outstanding School of Education and world class research will help us recruit, retain and develop high-quality teaching and support staff.

“Our partnership with the university, together with the school’s planned improvements, will raise standards and enable us to offer even better provision for our school community.”

A formal application to join the trust is expected at the end of the year.

Rob Gamon, chairman of governors, said: “We feel that we have examined many options over the last few years and we are delighted and excited for this opportunity to develop and move the school to benefit our children and staff.

“It’s a privilege to be part of a school that is already valued as ‘good’ from our last Ofsted inspection and we are choosing to build our relationship with the university within the trust to progress even further.”

Many parents spoke out to support the plan following the meeting last week.

Reception parent Theresa Mimnagh said she was ‘thoroughly convinced’ it would be a positive step and Sarah Blundell, who will have children at the school for the next eight years or so, said she was ‘really excited’ to hear how the partnership.

Parent Rosanne Hill said she had had doubts but the meeting was informative. “I feel we are making better progress for our school.”

Liz Godden said it would have a positive impact on her children’s education and Michelle Fairhall felt academy status would push Holmbush forward and give her child a better level of education and enrichment.