Norfolk secondary school considers joining academy trust in bid to be outstanding

CREDIT: This story was first seen in the Eastern Daily Press

A high school in the Broads could make the move towards becoming an academy as part of its bid to earning an outstanding rating, reports.

Broadland High School said it was considering joining Ormiston Academies Trust, which already runs 10 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

But headteacher Aron Whiles said the idea was very much in its infancy – and that a consultation over any potential change had not yet begun.

He said: “Becoming an academy and joining Ormiston Academies Trust is something we have discussed, as we think the additional support and wider network they can provide may be of great benefit to our students as we continue on our journey to outstanding.

“However, it is very early days in the process and we will have to see whether this is a route we want to go down. 
“In particular, our parents’ views are incredibly important to us and we very much want to hear from them, including in any consultation.”

The school has been rated as good by education watchdog Ofsted – the second highest rating after outstanding – since 2009.

If the school did join the trust, it would be alongside the City of Norwich School, Ormiston Victory Academy, in Costessey, and Ormiston Venture Academy, in Great Yarmouth, among others.

It would also see the number of secondary schools in Norfolk which are not academies continue to dwindle. Currently about 85pc of the schools have converted, with several of those remaining consulting on doing so.

A spokesman for Ormiston Academies Trust said: “Broadland High School is a good school and we know they are considering becoming an academy and joining OAT.

“We need to have further discussions with them, and there are a number of considerations for all parties to take into account, not least the views of parents.”

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The chief executive of Ormiston Academies is Nick Hudson, a former Ofsted regional director, while Gwayne Webb is the regional director for the east.

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