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Wellington College outlines ‘enormous’ success of academy project – Academy Magazine May 24, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Magazines.
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The third issue of Academy Magazine – turning the spotlight on academies and free schools in the UK – is now available in both print and online.

The magazine, which was launched last year, has overseen rapid growth in the past year, mirroring the sharp increase in the number of schools opting to convert to academy status.

We feel it is an invaluable source of advice and opinion and the perfect forum for headteachers and governors to share their experiences in this new era for the education sector.

This issue features Wellington Academy on the cover, a comprehensive school that was taken over and rebranded by the independent Wellington College in 2009.

Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College, writes about the innovative partnership, how it has worked in practice and how such link-ups could bring about ‘a very different and far more cohesive education landscape’.

Here is an extract from Anthony’s article:

“When I was Head of Brighton College, I tried for three years to start Brighton College Academy in the relatively deprived East End of the City, at the opposite end from ‘posh’ Hove.

Despite having a backer who was prepared to put up the £2million one then needed to sponsor an academy, the old Labour council fought off the plans, putting every kind of obstacle in our way.

The result was that our backer and the school lost interest, and the Whitehawk estate, where we sought to take over the failing school, was deprived of a purpose-built new one, which would have done so much to revive the whole community.

When I came to Wellington College in 2006, I was determined not to fail a second time. The Department for Schools suggested that we take over a comprehensive in Wiltshire which was experiencing difficulties, which we duly rebranded as Wellington Academy in 2009, opening in a new building in April 2011 with Andy Schofield as Head.

The relationship has been an enormous success for both sides, and we are excited about how much closer we will grow in the future.

Turning round the performance of a school clearly takes longer than two or three years, which is why it is important to us that the relationship will continue in perpetuity. Wellington now has plans to open more academies at both secondary and primary level.”

To read the full article and the whole magazine online, go to www.academymag.co.uk

If you have a comment to make about Academy Magazine, which is published three times a year, or wish to contribute to a future issue, please contact the Editor at editor@academymag.co.uk.

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