Now village will get second academy

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ANOTHER Calderdale primary school has been given permission to become an academy.

Burnley Road School, in Mytholmroyd, plans to change its status in September, the same date as neighbouring Scout Road Primary.

The total number of schools in Calderdale which have either applied or been given academy status has now risen to 13, with more waiting in the wings.

The change should give them greater control over organisational and staffing issues, and free them from council involvement.

The head of Burnley Road, Pam Savile, said: “It is really exciting in terms of the freedom it gives us with the curriculum and also in fundraising, and how we spend our budget - it will move us forward.”

Ofsted inspectors recently rated the school as good with some outstanding features.

“I’m hopeful we can progress from good to outstanding and this process will allow us to release the reins to be able to do that.”

“We are not making any big changes to things like the uniform and the logo but we will be called Burnley Road Academy, rather than Burnley Road Primary School,” said Mrs Savile.

A spokesperson for the new academy trustees said: “It is a good move to progress the school forward and give the children a better education.

“It will give the school another opportunity to widen the curriculum.”

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