A NEW era of education is set to begin at a Westergate school.
Westergate Community School has chosen Ormiston Academies Trust for its new future as an academy.
Headteacher Steve Nelmes said: “We are delighted to be joining the Ormiston family of academies.
“Westergate Community School has a well-deserved reputation for excellence for all.
“After careful consideration, governors selected the Ormiston Academies Trust because of their proven track record in supporting schools like ours seeking to achieve outstanding status in all aspects.”
The secretary of state has agreed in principle for the Lime Avenue school to become an academy sponsored by the trust.
The department’s approval was given in a letter signed by Michael Gove.
The school is aiming to officially become an academy during this year to benefit from the sponsor’s guidance and support to improve provision.
The proposed academy would become part of a network of 24 academies.
Professor Toby Salt, chief executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust said: “We are really pleased to be working with Westergate Community School on this exciting project; the school will be a valued member of our academy network.
“The school’s commitment to its community is something that fits Ormiston’s own ethos.
“The trust has a long heritage of raising standards for children and we will be working closely with Westergate to share the benefits that being in an academy group can offer.
“The Ormiston Academies Trust network of schools collaborates to share good practice and expertise so we can provide the best educational opportunities for our young people.”
A formal period of consultation will start in September to seek views from parents and the community.
School governors recommended the trust to the Minister for Education in 2013. It is a charity and incorporated company which began sponsoring academies in 2006.
It is part of the Ormiston Trust, a charity founded in 1969 to help improve the life chances of young people.