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The Weald School, Beare Green to become a church sponsored academy

Date: 10 March 2014
The Weald CofE School, Beare Green, is set to become the diocese's fifth sponsored academy from September following an Ofsted report which put the primary school into Special Measures in March.
The shock report, which followed a rating of 'Good' two years ago, has triggered the move. The local authority, through private company Babcock 4S diocese is now working closely with the local authority to Diocesan Director of Education Derek Holbird said: “Since the last Ofsted inspection expectations have quite legitimately been raised for schools. “The headteacher and governors had implemented plans to bring about required improvements but regrettably the Weald has failed to keep pace with these expected standards. In light of the Ofsted report they have taken the decision to step down from their positions in the interests of the school making more rapid and sustained progress. We are grateful to the governors and head teacher Sharon Davis for all they have done. ”The local authority, having consulted with the Diocese, is actively seeking to appoint an interim headteacher to take the school forward and is making an application to the Department for Education (DfE) to set up an Interim Executive Board*. Mr Bob Arnold, chair of governors for Ewhurst CofE Infant School has agreed to be chair designate.” In the short term, acting headteacher Mrs Nicky Angus, is responsible for the day to day management of the school, supported by Mrs Sue Whittle, headteacher of St Paul’s CE (Aided) Primary School, Dorking as consultant headteacher. The school will now required by the DfE to become an academy. As a church school, The Weald will be sponsored by the Diocese of Guildford, joining four other schools from across Surrey and North Hampshire including St John’s School, Dorking. This is expected to be effective from September 2014. The Ofsted report has been circulated to all parents and meetings are being held at the school next week (Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13) to inform current and prospective parents as to the detail of the changes. Deputy Diocesan Director of Education Michael Hall, said: “As the sponsors for the school when it becomes an academy, we are now working closely with the local authority to ensure all necessary support is provided to enable the new leadership to continue to address the areas for further improvement identified in the report.” The local authority through Babcock4S, together with the diocese, is drawing up an action plan to address these issues Michael Hall continued: “The action plan, together with our plans once the school becomes an academy, will be closely scrutinised and monitored by the DfE. “With our existing academies we have established expertise in bringing about significant change to the benefit of the learning of all pupils. The Weald, with the right strategies, strong leadership and the support of parents, is undoubtedly capable of making sustained improvement.” Notes to editors: As a result of the Ofsted Inspection (January 2014), The Weald Church of England (Aided) Primary School has been placed in Special Measures. This is in sharp contrast to the last inspection report (January 2012) when the school was judged to be ‘good’. *The Interim Executive Board effectively takes over the role of the Governing Body until a new Academy Governing Body is appointed

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