Tideway School wants to make the switch to be academy

The Argus: Tideway School in Newhaven Tideway School in Newhaven

A school has launched a bid to convert into an academy.

Tideway School in Newhaven is looking to become independent from the local authority and has launched a consultation after its governing body voted to pursue the possibility of switching.

The school said there were currently four groups who had expressed an interest in joining forces with the school.

Headteacher Rob Corbett confirmed none of those interested were of a faith background and he did not see the change affecting admissions to the school.

He said: “We think a group of academies will offer us the support we need to get better and continue improving.

“There is a lot of research around academy groups and how they offer more value than local authorities and we feel the time is right to explore other options.”

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “We do not have a preferred view regarding the legal status of schools.

Sponsorship

“Instead we believe each proposal should be carefully considered in its own right and decisions should be based on assessments about the impact on the quality of education offered to the students, both at that school and more widely within East Sussex.

“Where schools do decide on academy status, we work with them to identify and encourage high quality sponsors.”

The school held a meeting on Tuesday and will continue the consultation until Friday, February 8.

Education minister Michael Gove had criticised East Sussex County Council in a letter for being a “barrier” for improving primary schools in the county.

He had outlined his plans to turn any failing school into an academy.

See the latest news headlines from The Argus:

More news from The Argus

Follow @brightonargus

The Argus: Daily Echo on Facebook - facebook.com/southerndailyecho Like us on Facebook

The Argus: Google+ Add us to your circles on Google+

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree