Tuesday, November 1, 2011
North Norfolk has its second academy after Sheringham High School completed the switch of status today.
The coastal high school joins Cromer Academy, which made the move on September 1, and a growing number of schools in Norfolk and beyond that are opting for the change.
Switching to academy status means funding comes direct from the government, rather than via the county council, and also brings more freedom over the curriculum, the length of school days and other issues.
In a letter to the school confirming the government’s agreement to the move, education secretary Michael Gove wrote: “I am delighted that Sheringham High School recognises the benefits academy status will bring.
“Your academy will now have the opportunity to use the freedoms and flexibilities of academy status, to share best practice and work with others to bring about sustained improvements to all schools in the area. I would like to thank you for your commitment and wish you every success in the future.”
Gill Baker, chair of governors at Sheringham, said: “The move to academy status is a just reward for the achievements of students and staff at the school.
“In 2011 72pc of students gained five or more A*-C grades including English and mathematics at GCSE. This ranks the school 4th out of 51 Norfolk high schools.
“Sixth form students went to some of the top UK universities including Bristol, Imperial College and, for the second year running, Cambridge.
“As an academy our aim is to become an even better school and continue to be a centre of educational excellence in North Norfolk.”