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Diocese to set up academy trust for Addlestone's CofE Primary School

Date: 19 June 2013
The Diocese of Guildford has announced today that it has been approved by the Department for Education (DfE) to set up an academy trust to sponsor St Paul's Church of England Aided Primary School, Addlestone, as of 1 September.

Staff and parents have been informed of the change to the school's status which will see it leave local authority control to be run by the new academy trust which will receive direct funding from the DfE.

Director of Education for the Diocese of Guildford Derek Holbird said: 'We welcome the opportunity to take statutory responsibility for St Paul's and will seek to maximise the attainment and progress of every child.

'We want to draw on local organisations, businesses and the church community to enhance the educational experience and opportunities provided in preparing pupils for the next stage of their education.'

The school was placed in Special Measures following an Ofsted Inspection in September 2012 when the quality of education was judged to be inadequate.

'rapid and sustained improvement'

The Diocese of Guildford was invited to sponsor the school following detailed checks by the DfE to ensure that it had the capacity to take responsibility for the school and to ensure that rapid and sustained improvement would be made.

St Paul's Cof E School will join two other new academies, St John's in Dorking and The Holme, Headley, in Hampshire - to be opened by the diocese in September. Others are expected to follow in January. The academies will become part of the Guildford Diocese Education Trust under trustees who are accountable for standards and the provision of support services.

Derek continued: 'We value the support Surrey County Council has provided and HMI Monitoring visit reports confirm that the school is making good progress with evident improvement in all key areas.

'I have visited the school several times in recent months and every time I see further transformation. Credit is due to the staff, governors and headteacher Beverley White.'

Beverley said: 'It was a bit of a surprise within eight days of appointment to find the school subject to an Ofsted inspection! Although the outcome was a disappointment, staff and governors have responded tremendously and set about rapidly addressing the issues identified.

'We have achieved an awful lot in a short space of time. I am excited by the opportunity to be working directly with the Diocese of Guildford and planning is progressing well. Whilst come September the status of the school changes, the focus will remain unchanged - that of providing the best possible education for all children of the school.'

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