A VALE middle school has officially become an academy in time for the start of the new term after the Education Secretary gave the green light to the conversion.
Justine Greening wrote to West-Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin on Tuesday (August 30) confirming the school can convert, meaning Bredon Hill will be the latest school in the Vale to become an academy.
Mrs Baldwin had been lobbying the Department of Education on behalf of the school over the past year to urge education chiefs to back the conversion which took effect yesterday (Thursday).
Bredon Hill Headteacher Steven Charlton told the Observer he believes that by becoming an academy, the school will now have more freedom and say over its future.
“Bredon Hill Middle School will re-open as Bredon Hill Academy as part of the Hill Trust,” he said.
“As an academy the school will have the freedom and flexibility to share best practice and innovation. This will allow a journey of continuous improvement for Bredon Hill but also allow us to closely collaborate with other schools in the area.
“The Academy will have the autonomy to deliver great outcomes for all our pupils whilst continuing to be fully inclusive in its intake and enhance its excellent reputation.”
Mrs Baldwin said: “The school made a compelling case to be allowed to become an academy and I wrote in support of their bid as well as discussing the matter directly with the Department.
“I am delighted that Bredon Hill Middle School has been freed to run its own affairs and I am sure that they are able to thrive as an autonomous body.
“Middle schools such as Bredon offer parents a greater level of choice and I look forward to meeting up with the head, Steve Charlton, soon, to check how the school is progressing under the new arrangements.”