QUAY Primary has become the first school in Bridlington to apply for academy status.
The school, in Oxford Street, will start the process to become an academy from September – while the school will also have a new interim head teacher as Lindsay Baldock, who has been with the school for seven years, retires.
Current Flamborough Primary School head teacher Donna Tandy will become interim head teacher at Quay Primary from the start of the new school year.
Mrs Baldock said: “We are currently only at the start of this process, and will keep parents and staff informed as things move forward.
“We would like to assure everyone that we are looking for a partner who understands the school’s context and vision, and can bring additional resources and expertise to help us on our improvement journey.”
Quay would be the first school in Bridlington to convert to academy status, and would join only two other primary schools in the East Riding - in Hessle and Swanland. There are currently five secondary schools with academy status in the East Riding.
An academy is a type of school that is independent of local education authority control but is publicly funded by central government, with some private sponsorship.
A spokesperson for East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirmed that the school will no longer have to follow the national curriculum.
They will seek outside sponsorship and will work with sponsors to devise an appropriate curriculum for the children.
Mike Furbank, head of achievement and inclusion at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is a significant and positive step for Quay Primary and helps the school to actively seek a bright future for the children, families and wider community that it serves.
“We are working closely with the governing body to ensure it is in the very best interests of all concerned.”
Norman Lawry, chairman of govenors, said: “This should create a significant opportunity to build on our excellent progress and raise the aspirations of our children as an academy benefits from greater freedoms to innovate and raise standards while remaining subject to Ofsted and ultimately accountable to the Secretary of State.”
The enrolment and admissions policy at the school will stay the same as the council will still manage this, along with the transport to and from school.
Mrs Tandy is the headteacher at Flamborough Primary but has also previously taught at New Pasture Lane.
She is already working closely with Mrs Baldock to plan for a smooth transition in September to ensure continuity for staff, parents and pupils.