New status is boon to Devizes School

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes School’s headteacher Malcolm Irons with Year 7 students in their new uniforms Devizes School’s headteacher Malcolm Irons with Year 7 students in their new uniforms

Adahemy status will enable Devizes School to improve further, says head- teacher Malcolm Irons.

Academy schools were set up by the Government for schools rated as good and outstanding. Schools that do convert have freedom from local authority control and from following the National Curriculum, and receive some funding that would otherwise have gone to the local authority.

Devizes School was granted permission to become an academy on September 1 by the Department for Education.

Mr Irons said there would be no radical changes at the 1,250-pupil school as a result of its new status.

But he said: “Academy status gives us greater freedom to continue to develop our successful and innovative curriculum to further ensure that every student achieves even more than they ever thought possible.”

Mr Irons said the school would develop closer collaborative working relationships with primary schools in the Devizes area as well as the North Wiltshire Federation of Secondary Schools. Devizes School already works with primary schools as part of its specialist school status, which it gained in 2004.

Mr Irons said: “There is a strong collaboration that will continue with local primary schools.

“We are looking forward to that collaboration becoming more significant as we all have to work together.

“It provides a fantastic opportunity for the school to build on its recent exam success, which saw A-level students achieving the best ever results for the school and GCSE results exceeding all expectations.”

An example of the partnership is the publication of a brochure that highlights the qualities of each particular school in Devizes that will go to parents looking for suitable schools for their children.

Following the demise of the county council’s Young People’s Support Service, which helped pupils who had been excluded from school, Devizes School is now employing two new pastoral assistants and an inclusion co-ordinator.

“We will continue to buy from the local education authority – for example, payroll and human resources – but as an academy we relish the opportunity of being more independent and plotting our own course. “It’s like we have gone a la carte. Rather than having a set meal in a restaurant you can choose your own ingredients,” he said.

Building work is well underway on a new sixth form centre at the school, while the new intake of Year 7 pupils are wearing the school’s new uniform, designed by the pupils. The uniform includes blazer and tie and replaces the casual looking polo shirt and sweatshirt.

It becomes compulsory for all pupils to wear the new uniform in September next year but a number of pupils have decided to start wearing it now.

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6:54pm Sun 9 Sep 12

whatisgoingon says...

Look's smart but no v neck when it's cold!!, at least they are smart when seen having a fag outside the School gate.The School needs to spend money on the old fashion class room's and toilets that the kid's do not like using.
Look's smart but no v neck when it's cold!!, at least they are smart when seen having a fag outside the School gate.The School needs to spend money on the old fashion class room's and toilets that the kid's do not like using. whatisgoingon

10:16am Mon 10 Sep 12

Old retired bloke says...

I remember the fuss when the school went for Grant Maintained Status (GMS) under the last Tory government; then it was taken back int LEA control under Labour, then had to apply for Specialist status. Now it's had to apply for Academy status. These things are mandatory if you want the additional funding available from central government - and what school doesn't need extra money? The work involved in applying for and implementing these schemes is enormous. It would be good if the politicians left the educators to get on with their job....
I remember the fuss when the school went for Grant Maintained Status (GMS) under the last Tory government; then it was taken back int LEA control under Labour, then had to apply for Specialist status. Now it's had to apply for Academy status. These things are mandatory if you want the additional funding available from central government - and what school doesn't need extra money? The work involved in applying for and implementing these schemes is enormous. It would be good if the politicians left the educators to get on with their job.... Old retired bloke

4:20pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Charlie Says says...

These new "Adahemy's" are really good at English.. Perhaps G&H Staff Reporters can go back and polish up on their spelling and grammar..
These new "Adahemy's" are really good at English.. Perhaps G&H Staff Reporters can go back and polish up on their spelling and grammar.. Charlie Says

9:14am Tue 11 Sep 12

Old retired bloke says...

Charlie Says wrote:
These new "Adahemy's" are really good at English.. Perhaps G&H Staff Reporters can go back and polish up on their spelling and grammar..
Love it!!!!
Does say a lot about the quality of the G&H!!!
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Says[/bold] wrote: These new "Adahemy's" are really good at English.. Perhaps G&H Staff Reporters can go back and polish up on their spelling and grammar..[/p][/quote]Love it!!!! Does say a lot about the quality of the G&H!!! Old retired bloke

9:29am Tue 11 Sep 12

ace reporter says...

When Academy status was first raised I as a parent remember being told we would be fully consulted - since then there has been no consultation - now faced with fait accompli - basically what Mt Irons wants same with new uniform - chosen by pupils my Ar**
When Academy status was first raised I as a parent remember being told we would be fully consulted - since then there has been no consultation - now faced with fait accompli - basically what Mt Irons wants same with new uniform - chosen by pupils my Ar** ace reporter

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