Bishop of Lynn cuts ribbon at Mundford school as it makes academy change
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A crowd of cheering children and a snip of a ribbon heralded the rebirth of a primary school as it becomes the latest Norfolk convert to academy status.
The Bishop of Lynn, Jonathan Meyrick, was on hand at Mundford Church of England Primary Academy on Wednesday to cut the tape as the village school moves into a new era.
The historic school, which opened in 1866, will now be sponsored by the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust.
Headteacher Christina Galletly said the school had made the move to academy status so as not to be forced in future.
'We know this is on the government's agenda for all schools to become academies and we knew of some that have done it with sponsors using a business model.
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'That didn't sit right with us though because we are a church school and we didn't want that to be watered down.
'We are already rated as Good by Ofsted and we haven't been pushed, so we wanted to be able to choose,' she said.
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Mrs Galletly said the change has already seen the school working with education consultants to create plans to move the school forward.
These include introducing targets which can be related to children.
'The new approach should be something that children can really take ownership of,' she said.
She added that the current trend towards academies meant that Norfolk County Council was becoming stretched with its funding, which made it difficult for schools like Mundford Primary.
'The money they do have to spend is dropping and that mean their priorities have to be with schools that are not in the same position as us,' she said.
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