Mark Reckless MP has welcomed the announcement from Lord Hill of Oareford that the government has agreed to release funding for the feasibility phase of a new Academy to replace The Hundred of Hoo Comprehensive School.
The funding will allow the Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, which is also converting to an Academy from April, to develop plans to establish an Academy that will cater for pupils aged 11-18 which will specialise in Media and the Performing Arts.
The Academy should open in existing buildings at Hundred of Hoo in September 2011.
Commenting on the news, Mark Reckless said:
“I am absolutely delighted that a school which was in special measures as recently as April 2009 has been turned around in such a short space of time.
I would like to congratulate Dr Gary Holden of Sir Joseph Williamson’s Maths School along with Medway Council for achieving such an outstanding turnaround.
I would also like to congratulate all of the students and parents who stuck by the school and worked really hard to make this happen.
The Hundred of Hoo school will now benefit from the increased funding, freedoms and flexibility that Academy status brings. The school will have the freedom to manage its own budget and set its own priorities away from the National Curriculum. Students will be given the best opportunity to reach high levels of personal and academic achievement.
I really am pleased for the students who currently attend the school or who are planning on attending in coming years. Thanks to local efforts and hard work, the Hoo Peninsula will now have a first rate school to be proud of and I welcome this news.
Well done to all concerned!”