Worksop’s Portland School is seeking to become an academy by September - in a strategy to “dramatically raise educational standards” in the area.
They are to work in partnership with Valley School, who announced their plans in November, and join the Outwood Grange Family of Schools.
Portland Headteacher Elaine Hamilton said she was “determined” and the move “makes sense” as the coalition Government pushes schools towards academy status.
“I have been considering it for some time,” she added. “It will help us on our journey and it will improve our standards of education.”
“Worksop deserves a high quality schooling for its children.”
“We need to survive and that is a more likely possible than if you go it alone in the current economic climate.”
Portland are to hold a meeting at the school with parents tonight (Thursday 6th) at 6pm to discuss new opportunities the partnership will bring.
Mrs Hamilton said she had the full support of the governing body and added that the partnership will help take the school out of special measures and fast track Portland towards its ultimate goal of becoming an outstanding school.
“I had visited Outwood Grange (academy in Wakefield) and I liked what I saw.”
“Portland School will retain its existing science specialism, strengths in expressive arts (Music and Drama) and partnerships with their Family of Primary Schools and local industry,” she said.
Mrs Hamilton has chosen to team up with Michael Wilkins, head of Outwood Grange and CEO of the family of schools network, because of their outstanding Ofsted report.
She said the foundation, who boast a priority of ‘students first’, reflect her own philosophy and values.
They share the belief that local children should attend local schools by following local authority admissions criteria, welcome children from vulnerable groups and are not selective. Outwood Grange also claim to continuously provide high quality professional development for all staff.
Valley head Brian Rossiter said he was delighted with the plans which “will offer more opportunities to the community”.
“Both schools will be able to share resources with Outwood Grange and develop new materials to improve standards and opportunities,” he added.