Primary set to become academy

ALL SAINTS Junior School is the latest of the town’s schools to embark on the road to becoming an academy.

Plans are not yet set in stone, but the move is a consequence of a damning Ofsted report last May in which the school was placed in special measures.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “The national expectation, which has been expressed by the Secretary of State for Education, is that any school which is in an Ofsted category of special measures should become an academy.

“As is the case with any school in special measures, East Sussex County Council and the Interim Executive Board (IEB) which has been appointed to run the school in the short term, are in discussions with the Department for Education about the future status of the school.

“As All Saints Junior School is voluntary aided, the Diocese of Chichester is also involved.

“As yet, no firm decision has been made about a potential sponsor for All Saints, but discussions will continue and parents will be kept informed and involved at all stages of the process.”

When the Ofsted inspection was carried out last March, inspectors found that there was inadequate leadership, and the standards set for pupils and teachers to achieve were not high enough. Low attainment in maths and English was also criticised.

All Saints will be the first of the town’s primary schools to convert to academy status, which means freedom from local authority control.

The town’s four secondary schools either are already academies or are en route to academy status.