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Five Lizard primary schools look at academy status

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: November 14, 2013

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FIVE primary schools on the Lizard peninsular are planning to break away from the control of Cornwall Council to create a trust of academy schools.

The primaries of St Keverne, Coverack, Grade Ruan, Mannaccan and St Martin’s are already working together under one head teacher.

Governors of each school are now thinking of going for academy status and a meeting for parents is being held on Thursday in Mullion.

Head teacher Tom Harman said: “It’s still reasonably early days and no formal decision has been made.

“The different governing bodies are exploring the idea of academy status.”

He said the different schools were each consulting with parents and the community.

If the schools become an academy, they no longer get funding through Cornwall Council. Instead they will be funded and responsible directly to the government.

Mr Harman added: “We are quite small schools and financially it is quite a challenge. Becoming an academy does have some financial benefits.

“Ultimately, it will be up to the governors to decide. What pleases me is that there is some progress.

“To stand still in today’s economic climate is suicide. If we go down the academy route, at least we will have some say in our future.”

Sarah Lyne, who works at St Keverne School as business manager and is also a parish councillor, said the governors had been heartened by the building work at Helston’s Nansloe Academy.

That school broke away from local authority control two years ago and has had a new classroom and toilets built over the summer.

Mrs Lyne said St Keverne School had been waiting five years to get new windows from Cornwall Council.

A meeting for parents will be held at Mullion’s secondary school at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 14.

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