Cambridge News is reporting that the last secondary school in Cambridgeshire still run by the local authority is poised to break free and become an academy…
Bottisham Village College has put forward plans to take over Netherhall School and run it as part of a multi-academy trust (MAT).
Senior leaders at Bottisham took temporary control of the cash-strapped Cambridge school in September last year and have agreed in principle with Cambridgeshire County Council to make the takeover permanent.
It is thought the conversion date could be as early as January. It would signal the end of the council’s formal involvement in all 31 of the county’s secondary schools, although they still run the admissions process.
Bottisham’s leadership says there is a “moral imperative to secure an outstanding education for all young people” and not just those in their catchment area.
They hope the MAT would eventually include several schools, including those that are struggling…
The News understands that former headteacher Caroline McKenney, who did not return after the summer holidays last year, has now left Netherhall permanently…
Clearly it has only been a matter of time until this happened but any thoughts or local insights into the proposals?
And how many other local authorities now control no secondary schools?
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