Academy plan is set out by Ilkeston School headteacher

THE HEADTEACHER of Ilkeston School has written to parents outlining the consultation process and explaining how a decision on the school’s plan to turn it into an academy will be taken.

A consultation period for staff, parents and students started earlier this month and will run until June.

In the letter, Steve Daniels writes: “This is one of the most important decisions for the governors to take and is about ensuring what is best for the school and its future progress.

“Not only does converting to academy status provide the only source of significant additional income for schools at present, but also offers an opportunity to work with a sponsor, Ormiston, which has a proven track record of improving student attainment.”

During the consultation parents and pupils can write to the governors with questions or responses.

They will also be given the chance to air their views at a meeting that will take place on Monday May 9 at 6.30pm in the New Hall in the Lawrence Building.

Mr Daniels’ letter reads: “Following this period of consultation, governors will decide whether Ilkeston School: Specialist Arts College should accept academy status or not.

“The governors wish for as much information as possible and will only take the decision when they are ready to do so.

“This is not an issue where there is a voting system and power to make the final decision rests with the governing body, many of whom are parents of students at the school and all of whom are dedicated to improving the school for its students, staff and wider community.”

If the move is given the go ahead all but one of Ilkeston’s secondary schools will be academies and Ilkeston School as well as Bennerley Business and Enterprise College would start the next academic year sponsored by Ormiston.