School bosses apply for academy status

PUBLISHED: 11:55 22 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

Four outstanding secondary schools have applied to become academies including two grammars under controversial government plans.

Four 'outstanding' secondary schools have applied to become academies including two grammars under controversial government plans.

The Department of Education published the full list of schools on Monday which have applied to opt out of council control under a proposed new fast-track scheme, which means applicants could become academies as soon as September.

Bexley applicants are Beths Grammar School in Hartford Road, Bexley; Bexley Grammar School in Danson Lane, Welling, Bursted Wood Primary School in Swanbridge Road, Bexleyheath and Erith School in Avenue Road, Erith.

Nine non-outstanding schools which have also registered an interest in becoming an academy. These are Hurstmere Foundation School for Boys Secondary in Hurst Road, Sidcup; Northumberland Heath Primary School in Wheelock Close, Northumberland Heath; Peareswood Primary School in Peareswood Road, Erith; St Catherine's Catholic School for Girls in Watling Street, Bexleyheath; Trinity School, Belvedere in Erith Road, Belvedere and Welling School in Elsa Road, Welling.

On Monday (19) a Labour amendment saying the bill should not be given a second reading was defeated by 333 votes to 234, a government majority of 99.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: "Rushed laws can be bad laws but if you've had people who've been waiting for five years, if you have, as we have, hundreds of schools who are anxious to take advantage of these proposals, then it is understandable that you want to honour a manifesto commitment."

Only one outstanding school in Greenwich has applied - Heronsgate Primary School in Whinchat Road, Plumstead. Another four non-outstanding ones have registered an interest. These are Bannockburn Primary School in Plumstead High Street; Boxgrove Primary School in Boxgrove Road, Abbey Wood; Charlton School in Charlton Park Road, Charlton and Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys in Hutchins Road, Thamesmead.

Becoming an academy means schools would get more freedom over the curriculum and teachers' pay, as well as access to extra funds normally used by local authorities.

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