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PLANS to convert another Sheffield secondary school into an academy have met with a warning from a city councillor.

Coun Jillian Creasy, who represents Central Ward for the Green Party, said schools making the change might notice a ‘short-term benefit’ through greater independence and access to more funding.

But she said: “In the long term, our party’s position is we feel there is strength in schools being together as part of the local education authority rather than on their own as academies.”

Coun Creasy spoke after King Ecgbert’s School, Totley, launched consultation into whether it should make the move. Sheffield currently has academy schools at Park, on the Manor, Springs, in Arbourthorne, and Parkwood, Shirecliffe.

Coun Creasy has commented on the King Ecgbert’s plans because Lowfield School in her ward has become a feeder school for the Totley secondary school after the closure of Abbeydale Grange.