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BRIGHOUSE High School has now converted to academy status as planned.

Head teacher Liz Cresswell said the school would substantially remain the same in continuing to offer comprehensive education and working with its partners.

“The major difference is the financial freedom academy status brings and we hope to use that freedom to target spending on pupil level to broaden opportunities and to continue to raise achevements,” she said.

“In the first year as an academy we hope some additional funding can be used to improve accommodation.”

The school is also planning to extend provision for its rapidly expanding sixth form.

Calderdale Council ceased to maintain the school from this month meaning hundreds of thousands of pounds extra will now go direct from the Government to the school.

It will use part of that money to buy certain services from the local authority.

Ofsted recently carried out an interim assessment at Brighouse High and it has retained its outstanding categorisation.