Published: 23/09/2012 11:00 - Updated: 24/09/2012 09:24

Upper school elects to go down the academy route

An upper school has formally decided to become an academy next year after a majority of the governors voted in favour of the switch.

Mark Rutherford School in Wentworth Drive, Bedford, has made the decision to become an academy which will see it become independent from Bedford Borough Council from January 1.

The board of governors met on Monday to seal the school’s fate, with 74 per cent in favour of making the change.

Headteacher Stephen Peacey said: “Governors and the leadership of the school have consulted with staff, parents and other stakeholders and the overwhelming majority are in favour of the school becoming an academy.

“The governors and the leadership of the school believe that this is the right path to follow. It will support the school in being an independent self-governing organisation, providing the best education for its students. We have an excellent relationship with the local authority and will continue to use its services provided they continue to be of high quality and value for money.”

The school will not be making any changes to the entrance age of students when it becomes an academy and will continue to accept students aged 11-19.

Earlier this year, Bedfordshire on Sunday reported how special school The Grange in Kempston was also applying to become an academy.

The Mark Rutherford head said that most schools are now looking to detach themselves from LEAs by turning to academy status which allows a school to control its own budget.

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