Broker backs Truro and Penwith College move on St Ives academy
THE Government's Academy Broker has agreed to back a proposal for Truro and Penwith College to partner St Ives School when it becomes an academy.
The 700-pupil secondary school is set to get that status by Easter and its governors and head teachers are keen to link up with the local college as its "business partner".
Schools elsewhere in the country have linked up with big business and national education organisations when coming out of council control. St Ives has been told by the Department for Education it has no option but to take on academy status after it went into special measures.
The meeting on Thursday saw Truro and Penwith College present its credentials to the broker. The school says it has also addressed issues raised by parents around the upheaval a change of status will have to Year 10 and 11 students.
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In a letter to all parents, the new chairman of governors, Carolyn Webster, said: "The outcome was a resolution to ask the DfE to progress Truro and Penwith College as our academy sponsor.
"This request will be considered by the Secretary of State on November 5 and we will know the outcome shortly after that."
Plans for a workshop for parents this month to discuss what it means to become an academy have been shelved until Truro and Penwith can be confirmed as the school's partner.