School bid goes to the next stage

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HATFIELD Visual Arts College has entered into a six week consultation period to decide whether it will become an academy from September 2011.

The decision to enter the consultation stage was taken at meeting of Doncaster Council’s cabinet.

The school was placed in special measures in January 2010 after an inadequate Ofsted report. The college has since been supported for academy status by the Department for Education.

The move to an academy is unanimously backed by the schools governing body with its preferred partner identified as the School Partnership Trust.

The Department for Education has approved this partnership and the proposal has been given ministerial approval.

Speaking at yesterday’s meeting Coun Andrea Milner said that there were no other options for the future of the school that were supported by the Government or that were in line with the council’s stance.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, said: “Opening the school as an academy is in line with our aims of improving education. The success of Trinty Academy in Thorne meant that Hatfield suffered. Making Hatfield an academy will mean there are two high quality schools in the area rather than just one.

“I am delighted that parents, governers and teachers are in agreement with the plan.”

Since been placed in special measures the school has made steady progress.

In recent league tables 84 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C at GCSEs, however only 39 per cent of those included a good pass in maths and English.

The school also achieved an average points score of 507 in A levels.

The final decision will be made by the cabinet in June 2011 after all consultations have been reported back.

All Doncaster’s secondary schools and Hatfield feeder primary schools will be consulted directly on the proposal.