Joining the march to academy status

CROSSLEY Heath School has confirmed that it is looking to become an academy.

North Halifax Grammar and two other secondaries are also heading down the academy route and Holy Trinity Senior School, at Holmfield, became an academy last summer.

The head of Crossley Heath, Helen Gaunt, said: "We believe it is important to talk to as many people as possible to get their thoughts on whether the school should become an academy.

"But I must stress that no decisions have been taken and the consultation over the coming month will determine the outcome."

Chairman of the governors John Robertshaw said the Government had recently opened up academy status to all schools and it was felt right to explore the implications.

Staff, parents, students and others with an interest in the school at Savile Park, are being asked to make views known before February 18.

Calderdale Council set up a working party last year to try to discourage schools from becoming academies and persuade them to continue working together.

The children and young people scrutiny panel will meet tomorrow to consider progress.