Grammar school to join foundation

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GOVERNORS at Skegness Grammar School announced yesterday that, as part of their bid to convert to an academy school, they have voted to join the David Ross Education Trust.

The grammar school, a leading selective co-educational day and boarding school, has decided to become an academy to allow greater freedom and flexibility with budgets and curriculum. The school will now start a formal consultation process to get the thoughts and views of the community regarding the governors’ decision.

Governors voted on the decision to join the Foundation last Tuesday at an extraordinary meeting EGM.

As part of their decision, the governors have been in discussions with the David Ross Foundation about the school joining the Foundation’s network of academies that it operates in Northamptonshire and North East Lincolnshire.

David Ward, Headmaster said, “Skegness Grammar has a strong academic ethos and some excellent sports facilities. We have lots to be proud of, and firmly believe that becoming an academy will give us greater freedom to help every student achieve their full potential.”

“In coming to this conclusion, we have been developing a strong relationship with the David Ross Foundation. They are committed to broadening the horizons of young people, and through the network of excellence they are creating, we believe they are the perfect partner.”

Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust, the body established to operate the Foundation’s academies, said: “We are delighted that Skegness Grammar School has voted to become part of the David Ross Education Trust. They have many strengths, both academic and extra-curricular, and we feel that the school’s range of skills and expertise will further enhance our network. I look forward to formally welcoming Skegness Grammar to our academy network soon.”

In addition to Skegness Grammar’s decision to become a Foundation-sponsored academy, the governors of one of its key feeder schools, Hogsthorpe Community Primary School, have also voted to become an academy and join the David Ross Education Trust.

Hogsthorpe Community Primary Headteacher, Karin Nicholls, said of their decision, “We are really excited about the recent decision to convert to a David Ross Foundation-sponsored academy. We feel that the vision and values of the David Ross Foundation coupled with the benefits that come with being part of their network of academies will mean that we can deliver an even better offering to our pupils and staff.

A staff meeting has been scheduled at the Grammar School to discuss the decision and a parents’ meeting is still to be confirmed.

It is expected that both schools will convert to academy status in time for the next academic year.