College to be academy

Mildenhall College confirm academy status and welcome the new deputy head Kevin Ward. ''FL; New deputy head Kevin Ward with college head Susan Byles and current deputy head Christo Forou with current pupils.
Mildenhall College confirm academy status and welcome the new deputy head Kevin Ward. ''FL; New deputy head Kevin Ward with college head Susan Byles and current deputy head Christo Forou with current pupils.
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Mildenhall College has announced it will become Mildenhall College Academy next month, following a successful consultation period.

No objections to the school’s conversion to an academy were received and governors voted unanimously to break from the local authority.

Headteacher Susan Byles said: “This is great news for the college and we are looking forward to this exciting phase in our development.

“Mildenhall College Academy will strive for high standards, aiming to provide an excellent education for students of all abilities.

“As a school, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve and we feel that by working with our sponsor, the Academy Transformation Trust, we will have the backing of an experienced educational provider to help us on our journey.”

By converting to an academy the school will gain freedom from local authority control and more choice over the delivery of the curriculum.

Academies receive the same level of funding per-pupil as authority run schools, however they are free to decide how it is spent.

Ms Byles said: “We have already started working with the ATT to plan initiatives to further improve the quality of teaching and learning in the college through a comprehensive professional development and coaching programme.

“We will be aiming for the quality of all teaching to be judged outstanding and as a result the standards achieved by the students will be higher than ever.”

The conversion will also allow the school to pursue its vision of opening a sixth form centre in 2014 that could provide further education facilities to the local community.

Mildenhall College is also involved in discussions to be part of the Mildenhall Hub.