Peterborough primary school announces academy plan

Matley Primary School, in Orton Brimbles.
Matley Primary School, in Orton Brimbles.
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A primary school in Peterborough which fell short of Ofsted’s standards in an inspection earlier this year has announced its intention to become an academy.

Matley Primary School, in Orton Brimbles, has revealed it is aiming to become an academy this school year.

The school received a rating of “requires improvement” when Ofsted inspectors visited it at the end of January (though it was credited for having “responded positively” in a follow-up visit in April).

The school says the move is to allow it to “benefit from a sponsor’s guidance and support to improve provision”.

The Department for Education recommended Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) as a sponsor after working with the school to choose a suitable partner.

A formal period of consultation has started to seek views from parents and the community.

Headteacher Linda Mitchell said: “This is a very exciting time for us and we are really looking forward to working with the other successful academies who are already part of the Ormiston family. Before converting to academy status there will be a formal briefing on the October 15, at 6pm, during which we will be seeking your views.”

OAT is a not for profit organisation which began sponsoring academies in 2006.

It is part of the Ormiston Trust, a charity founded in 1969 to help improve the life chances of young people.

The Trust already sponsors the nearby Ormiston Bushfield Academy, in Ortongate.

Prof Toby Salt, chief executive of OAT said: “We are delighted to be working with Matley Primary School on this exciting project.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with Linda and the whole school community of Matley Primary to build on its successes and to support its outstanding future.”

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