In a league of its own
21 April 2011Add to My Folder
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We visit one of the first primary schools in the country to become an academy, to find out why they took the plunge
In September 2010, Eaton Mill Primary School in Bletchley reopened its doors as The Premier Academy. With more than 400 children on roll, it is the fastest growing primary school in Milton Keynes, with plans to be even bigger.
Headteacher, Warren Harrison, was frustrated when the local authority wouldn’t allow them to expand.
‘They said it would put other schools in the area into financial difficulties,’ he explains. ‘That’s a no-brainer for me, because the best of the other schools is satisfactory. Yet, here we are, in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, with good results and high standards. We want our children to achieve.’
He campaigned, supported by the local secondary school Head, to increase their intake, but the local authority refused.