Academies on the way

MORE Wakefield Schools are set to become academies.

Crofton High School

and Jerry Clay Lane J&I School in Wrenthorpe are the latest to choose to convert.

Education secretary Michael Gove invited all schools to become academies last year. They are effectively state-funded independent schools.

He said schools that did would enjoy freedom from council control, the ability to set their own pay and conditions for staff, freedom from the national curriculum and greater control of their budget, among other things.

Jez Horsley, headteacher at Crofton High School

, which hopes to open as an academy in September, said: “There are lots of reasons behind the decision, one of the main ones being the flexibility that academy status provides.

“We are looking at various ways of expanding and enhancing provision, including having a sixth form, but we have always worked with the local authority and intend to continue that strong working partnership.”

He said a comprehensive consultation process had been carried out with parents, staff, unions and pupils, and that her personally had responded to any concerns.

He added: “The school will continue to be a fully inclusive one, admissions will not be selective.

“There won’t be much noticeable difference in September, but we will be financially better off and it will allow us to be more cost efficient.”