School joins rush to become an academy

All change: Head teacher Roy Hepplestone with pupils at the new Whitehill community academy    Picture: Charles Round
All change: Head teacher Roy Hepplestone with pupils at the new Whitehill community academy Picture: Charles Round

ANOTHER Calderdale school has become an academy.

Whitehill primary school, Illingworth, became Whitehill Community Academy this month.

Head teacher Roy Hepplestone said: “The future is a bright one for the Whitehill Community Academy.”

He said he believed taking Academy status gave the school more autonomy.

“We have greater freedom to be flexible in a range of both curriculum and financial matters so we can offer the best possible opportunities to the children within our care as well as bringing benefits to our local community.

“We are a forward thinking school and we believe that as the local authority capacity decreases with government cuts the only way to create a sustainable, successful and outstanding school for the future is to become an Academy.”

Their partners include the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire County Cricket ECB and Barnados.

Brighouse High School has also converted, while Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High and North Halifax Grammar have both applied and had bids accepted this month.

They join other Calderdale schools which have, or are set to become, an academy.

Holy Trinity Senior School, at Holmfield, Halifax, became an academy last summer and Greetland Primary became an academy in January.

St Catherine’s Catholic High, Scout Road Primary, Mytholmroyd, and Crossley Heath school, Halifax, are also planning to become academies.

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