School a step closer to academy status

Shuttleworth head teacher Ruth England with students (s)
Shuttleworth head teacher Ruth England with students (s)
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Shuttleworth College is taking the next step forward and will become an Academy next year – the first one in Burnley.

While nothing will change day-to-day in the Padiham School, it will move from local authority control to the Education Partnership Trust (EPT), which works with a number of other schools in East Lancashire.

Becoming an Academy will not change the day-to-day running of the school

Head teacher Ruth England

“The Government has said it wants all schools to be academies by 2020 and we have decided this is the right time for us to take this step,” said head teacher Ruth England, who became head at Shuttleworth in September 2014.

“Becoming an Academy will not change the day-to-day running of the school, we won’t change the name or the uniform, but working with the EPT means we have access to support, expertise and resources.

“The governors believe that the local education authority can no longer provide the level of support schools need because of the cuts to local government spending.

“We believe becoming an Academy with the right Trust is the way to take our school forward to secure a prosperous and successful future for our students.

“We have achieved such a lot here at Shuttleworth over the last 14 months and taking this step will help us in the next stage of our growth to become an outstanding school.”

There will be a consultation period where parents will be invited into the school to talk about the changes before Christmas and there will also be a public consultation soon after.

“We can see no reason why this process won’t run smoothly as it is beneficial to the students and we should become an Academy some time next year. It’s exciting times for Shuttleworth,” added Mrs England.