Academy status for Rastrick

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RASTRICK High School has begun the process to convert to an academy.

The school in Field Top Road is the third school in the area embarking upon academy status and aims to convert in September this year after a decision by the governors voted unanimously to make a formal application.

Head teacher Helen Lennie, said as a good school with outstanding features they were eligible to convert. “Rastrick became one of the first Grant Maintained schools in Calderdale in 1993, subsequently moving to Foundation School status.

“Becoming an academy would be a logical progression and would bring benefits which would enable us to continue our commitment to improvement for the benefit of current and future students.

“We would aim to convert to academy status for September 2011 and would continue to maintain our inclusive comprehensive ethos and commitment to fostering strong links with other schools and local authorities.”

The consultation process will start with an information evening for parents tonight and another for anyone in the community to attend on May 27 at 4pm in the Technology Centre.

Other groups, staff, Calderdale Council, primary schools, trade unions and community groups the school is linked with will be included in the consultation.

The governing body will be pleased to receive people’s views as part of the process and can email the headteachers PA, Sally Spivey on or people can write a letter to Mrs Julia Wilby, chair of governors, care of Rastrick High School.

The consultation process will finish on June 15.