Academy initiative planned for two Mitcham schools

Two Mitcham schools have been earmarked to become Academies under an exciting new initiative.

Mitcham Vale and Tamworth Manor have been selected by Merton Council to be considered part of the Government’s Academy scheme.

Academies are new types of school designed to deliver high standards of education, through innovative leadership and improved resources. The Leader of Merton Council, Andrew Judge explains.

“This Labour council is determined to ensure that all children have access to the finest education that can be obtained. After close consideration of all the options, we believe the development of Academies would be right for Mitcham Vale and Tamworth Manor. This will enable head teachers and staff to raise aspirations and real achievement for all pupils whatever their background, sex or ethnicity.”

“We are indebted to Siobhain McDonagh MP who has been a champion for both schools and a strong advocate in discussions with the Government.

The plans will be announced tonight at the Civic Centre where Cllr Judge will outline the proposals and expected implementation if Government approve the far-reaching plans.

“The Council believes that the success of Academies depends on the partnership with the local community of Mitcham and the constructive support of governors and staff. To this end we have already begun detailed discussions with the Heads of both schools, the governing body of Tamworth Manor and interim board of Mitcham Vale,” explained Cllr Judge.

“The Director of Education will be writing to staff this week and a programme of meetings with parents is planned to allow full discussion and to answer questions.”

Merton Council hopes to have the Academies for children and young people aged 11-19 yrs in place by September 2006.

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