High school bids to join academy

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A high school has applied to break away from the local education authority and become an academy.

Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard is hoping to become part of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, under the guidance of the Haverhill school’s executive principal Howard Lay, who is also chief executive of the academy trust.

“We think it’s the logical step for our school,” said headteacher Wayne Lloyd.

“We believe that the role of our local education authority [Suffolk County Council] has changed in recent times and no longer provides the resources and skills it used to.

“Therefore, looking to the future of our school, we believe the best option is to join a local partnership of schools.”

Mr Lloyd said the school would not be changing its name, uniform or policies but would benefit from working with an “outstanding school” to continue to improve performance.

He added that the decision – made by the school’s governing body in June – would allow for more money to be spent on education, as central contracts could be found for services, including human resources and IT.

“It can be spent on children in the school and not sent to Suffolk County Council,” he said.