Ryders Hayes to become an academy

Ryders Hayes School is set to become an academy on April 1, 2011.

Following Ofsted’s outstanding judgment, the school, in Gilpin Crescent, was invited to apply for academy conversion by the Secretary of State for Education.

Headteacher, Joanne Speller said: “As an outstanding school we see academy conversion as a way to further develop and secure excellent provision for our children through greater autonomy and curricular freedom.”

Chair of governors, Les Foster, said it decided to convert to academy status because it was “in the best interests of the school”.

Ryders Hayes pupils are planning to celebrate the change of status with a balloon launch on the day.

Hatherton Primary School, in Bloxwich Lane, and Shire Oak School, in Lichfield Road, are also expected to become academies from April 1. One month later, Queen Mary’s High School and Queen Mary’s Grammar School will also take on academy status.


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