HAYWOOD Academy welcomed Government schools commissioner Frank Green on Friday January 17th who addressed more than 80 delegates from schools across the country about the benefits of converting to Academy status.
This was the first time the school had hosted the top level talk which was organised by national schools body FASNA (Freedom and Autonomy for Schools National Association).
Haywood Academy headteacher Carl Ward, also gave a first hand account at the event of the benefits of becoming an Academy, after Haywood achieved Convertor Academy status in 2012 and enjoyed its best ever GCSE results in 2013 with 90 per cent of students achieving five GCSE’s grade A* to C.
He said: “We’ve enjoyed a wonderful start in our life as an Academy which is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and the ability of our staff.
“Achieving Academy status has certainly enabled us to have greater autonomy over what we teach here, and as a member of The Schools Co-Operative Society we also place great emphasis on working with our community so we produce responsible citizens – as well as high achievers.”
Converting to academy status has become a hot topic, after a new report based on Ofsted inspection results in 2012-13 of recently converted academies by the Department for Education revealed these schools were more likely to improve from “good” to “outstanding”.
Schools Commissioner Frank Green said: “These events are excellent ways for schools to find out more about the benefits of becoming an academy.
“Thousands of schools now have academy status and are making the most of the freedoms that brings – setting their own curriculum, rewarding the best teachers and choosing their term dates.
“I want to encourage all top-performing schools to consider converting – either on their own or as part of a group.”