Academy status for The King’s School

On the back of its recent achievements The King’s School was successful in its application for Academy status and was made official last Friday.

The change in status will mean King’s will have more control on how their budget is spent and the governors believe the change is necessary in the current financial climate to protect vital aspects of the schooling. Headteacher Faith Jarrett said at the time of the application: “The governors feel to preserve the very important ethos and standards of the school we need to become an academy, so they can direct spending.”

The school was recently branded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and achieved the top results at GCSE for any 11 to 18 State Secondary School in Devon. The Chair of Governors Mr Bloomfield hoped the conversion to Academy status will help the school to build on those successes in the future.

In a statement he said: We are firmly committed to maintain the current ethos and curriculum range of the school which students and their parents tell us they value highly. The lead Ofsted inspector commented that our school aim of ‘Achievement for All’ was not just a slogan but was embedded in the school’s whole approach. We are certain that in becoming an Academy we shall be able to continue fulfilling that aim.”