Samuel Ward becomes an Outstanding Academy

Samuel Ward becomes an Outstanding Academy

12 Nov 2010

Samuel Ward Arts & Techology College in Haverhill was given the official go ahead to convert to an Outstanding Academy by The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove on November 1. It will now be called Samuel Ward Academy.

The status was awarded as a result of consistently high outcomes – the school has been in the top 5% of school’s nationally for 3 years – and because of the outstanding Ofsted it received two years ago.

Academy status gives the school ownership of its land and assets, freedom from the nationally curriculum and greater flexibility in admissions and staff employment. It also gives back to the school 5% of the budget normally held back by the Local Authority.

Head teacher, Howard Lay said: “This is a fantastic achievement for a highly aspirational and successful school. It means that we will be able to sustain our high outcomes, positive ethos and further develop the school brand at a time when the economy is contracting. As an international school we have strong links with China, India and Germany which give so many opportunities to our young people. Academy status will enable us to strengthen these links. The conversion also comes at an exciting time for the school. A £3.5 million new build will opening early next year to accommodate up to 400 new Year 7 and 8 students; a new curriculum will enable students to begin GCSE courses in Year 9 so that they can begin A levels in Year 11 and increased investment in the school means that tutor groups will be a maximum of 14 pupils – ensuring high quality care and guidance.”

Chair of Governors, Peter Thomas said: “Samuel Ward is a truly inspirational school and Academy status provides the Governors with the power and freedom to ensure its unique ethos and approach is not only maintained but shared with others.”

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