South Yorkshire schools unite in academy trust

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Two secondary schools in South Yorkshire are bidding to join forces and create a new academy trust.

Dinnington and Brinsworth comprehensive schools have applied to the Department for Education for permission to cut their remaining ties with the local authority.

Governors hope the changes will come into force by November or December.

Parents were consulted on the plans at a meeting at Dinnington Comprehensive attended by Dinnington headteacher Paul Blackwell, Brinsworth headteacher Richard Fone, and Monica Carol, chairman of governors at Dinnington.

Mrs Carol said governors of both schools had taken a decision to convert to academy status, without any pressure from the Government or council.

She said: “We believe it represents the best way to preserve the future of Dinnington Comprehensive School, while continuing to strive to provide an outstanding education for all our young people.

She said Dinnington would continue to further develop its teaching, so it inspired students and ensured they made the best possible progress, in exactly the same way as present.

Some parents said schools which converted into academies were usually ones that were in difficulties, and pointed out that Ofsted’s last report said Dinnington required improvement.

However, Mr Blackwell said: “In some cases that is true. However, at the moment a lot of ‘good’ schools, like us, are also converting to take up the opportunities that academy status provides.

“We are converting because we are ‘good’ and we want to continue the journey to outstanding.”

Parents also heard a pledge that Dinnington would continue to maintain its strong links with its feeder primary schools and the wider community in general.