Cliffe Woods Primary School has officially become Medway’s first new-style academy.
Cliffe Woods Primary School, which has been one of Medway’s top performing schools, is the first Primary School in Medway to break away from local authority control and become a publicly funded independent school.
It comes after the coalition Government announced last summer that academy freedoms would be extended to the country’s best performing schools.
The school became an academy on July 1 and was personally visited on this date by the local MP – Mark Reckless.
Mark Reckless said:
“I was absolutely delighted to visit Cliffe Woods Primary School on its first official day as an Academy. Cliffe Woods has consistently been one of Medway’s top performing primary schools and will now benefit from increased funding and the freedom and flexibility that Academy status brings.
I was really impressed by my tour of the school. It was fantastic to see how the pupils and teachers are working together to reach high levels of personal achievement. I am really pleased for all the children attending Cliffe Woods Primary School who are being given the best opportunity to excel academically.
I would like to congratulate the Principal at Cliffe Woods Primary School, Mr Tim Watson, on the school’s continuing success, and for his hard work in securing Academy status. This will allow the school to manage its own budget and set its own priorities away from the National Curriculum. I would also like to congratulate all the teachers and staff for providing such a stimulating and welcoming environment for the local children who attend.
Well done to all concerned!”
The Principal – Tim Watson said:
“The conversion will have a positive impact on the service and provision that we provide for our pupils. It will allow the school more flexibility in the delivery of the curriculum and the organisation of resources, which in turn will allow us to tailor teaching and learning more appropriately to the needs of the pupils in the school.”
Under the previous Labour Government, only poorly performing schools could apply to become academies which were “run” by outside sponsors in a bid to raise standards.
But under the new coalition Government good and outstanding schools can apply for academy status. New style academies do not need outside sponsors but have been judged able to govern themselves.
Principal Tim Watson said:
“We are all excited about becoming an academy. This change is about doing what is best for our children, staff and community. It has given us the freedoms and flexibilities to continue to raise standards even higher.”
Cliffe Woods Primary School has been consistently one of Medway’s top performing schools over the past few years and last year was top of the league tables for children achieving the expected level in both English and Mathematics.
Although Cliffe Woods is the first Primary in Medway to take up Academy Status, other top Medway schools also now enjoy new academy freedoms, such as Rochester Grammar for Girls and Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School.