School to make academy bid

Northern Education Trust chairman Les Walton
Northern Education Trust chairman Les Walton

A SCHOOL is set to apply for academy status after governors decided to go ahead with the move.

The governing body of Dyke House Sports & Technology College, in Hartlepool, has approached the newly launched Northern Education Trust (NET) to act as sponsor.

The Department for Education (DfE) has been informed that Dyke House wishes to change its status as it believes it is in the best long-term interests of the young people in its catchment area.

The school, which has 1,010 students aged 11 to 16, has been judged as outstanding by Ofsted, and with consistent year on year improvement in its results over the past few years, the school has achieved national recognition for its work with the many children who attend.

Headteacher Andrew Jordon said he is confident that NET is well placed to provide exactly the type of ongoing support Dyke House needs to further improve.

He said: “The trust directors have vast experience in supporting schools in the North-East and Hartlepool over the past decade and we know that they are passionate about making a difference for children, holding the belief that each school is unique.

“We have been talking about the prospect of sponsorship by the Northern Education Trust for some time. We are now keen to receive a reply to our request from the Secretary of State, who will make the final decision.”

Northern Education Trust, the first multi-academy trust, focused on the north of England region and based in the North-East, was officially launched last week.

A DfE approved not-for-profit charity, it is based in North Tyneside and launched with four schools under its management in Bolton, Bradford and Stockton.

Academies managed by NET will operate with a clear strategy for delivering the highest levels of attainment in English and mathematics and will focus on achieving outstanding governance and self management with decision making at school level.

Les Walton, a leading education specialist, and trust chairman, said: “Our commitment is to the school remaining in the family of Hartlepool schools and to working in partnership with primary feeder schools and the local authority.”