This means that we do not have to be sponsored by another school or other body in order to raise standards. Governors took an early decision in May to look very closely at converting.
They took a very measured approach and a full consultation process was undertaken with teachers, parents, students, the local community, the local authority and partner primary schools.
North Axholme was the second school in North Lincolnshire to be approved for conversion by the DfE after Foxhills in Scunthorpe. A conversion date of 1st January 2012 has been agreed to leave plenty of time to carry out the required legal work. The school will use the flexibilities offered by becoming an Academy to continue to drive up standards.
The school received even better news about GCSE results after a number of re-marks were undertaken by the examining boards. This means that the percentage of students gaining 5A* - C including English and maths went up to 65%.
In addition it led to the percentage of students gaining GCSE English at C grade or above going up to 72% and in maths to 75%. These are amongst the best results in North Lincolnshire with maths coming out at the very top.
As well as gaining great academic results over the past few weeks our students have been able to take part in a huge range of extra-curricular activities. We held a big event for our partner primary schools to celebrate the European day of Languages, our Year 7 students spent a day at Murton Park where they dressed up and really lived history.
Our Year 9 students have completed two half days of activities to gain a Young Enterprise qualification and our work in developing enterprising young people has been recognised with an Excellence in Enterprise Award. Year 8 students have been on a science visit to the Star Centre in Keighley and Years 10 and 11 students took part in National Schools Film Week by becoming film critics and entering the Young Reviewer of the Year competition.
We also held a very successful Open Evening when we had a packed house of families coming to see North Axholme at work with a view to sending their children here in 2012. We now look forward to an equally busy and productive build up to Christmas!