University Academy plans for primary

Holbeach Primary School
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Parents are to be consulted on plans for Holbeach Primary School to become an academy.

The University of Lincoln is currently in discussions with staff and governors at Holbeach Primary School with a view to welcoming the school into the University Academy Holbeach Trust.

The university is the principal sponsor of Holbeach’s secondary school, University Academy Holbeach, which was formed in 2011.

A proposal has been put forward to apply to the government’s Department for Education for academy status for the neighbouring Holbeach Primary School.

Professor Scott Davidson, pro vice chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “Academy status is delivering greater opportunities for secondary school pupils in Holbeach through improvements to school buildings, greater autonomy for teachers, and access to the university’s facilities and networks.

“Expanding the trust to include Holbeach Primary School, which already has such close ties to the secondary school, seems the logical next step.”

If approved, Holbeach Primary School would remain a separate school, keeping its own governance structures, including governing body and head teacher. Staff would become employees of the Trust.

The governing body of Holbeach Primary School said: “We have held promising discussions with the University of Lincoln and University Academy Holbeach about joining their academy trust.

“Governors and staff can appreciate the benefits this would bring and feel it is an exciting prospect for the school and wider community.

“Now it is important that we explain to parents what a move to academy status would mean, should it go ahead, and consult them on their views about what is best for their children.”