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Andrew Mitchell MP hails Arthur Terry’s Academy status

The Arthur Terry School has celebrated the completion of their conversion to an Academy as part of the Government’s education policy to raise attainment for all children and to bring about sustained improvements to all schools.

Sutton Coldfield’s MP has supported the school throughout the conversion process which ensures schools hold more responsibility. Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Plantsbrook School and Fairfax School have already completed the Academy conversion process. Academy status removes schools from layers of bureaucracy by giving head teachers the ability to set pay and conditions, freedom from the National Curriculum and greater control of their budget that the local authority has previously spent on their behalf.

Andrew Mitchell MP said, “Education is a key priority for this Government and has provided a new opportunity for Arthur Terry which they have seized with both hands. Their conversion to an Academy has been more complicated than other schools in Sutton Coldfield and it has been a pleasure to work closely with the school throughout what has been a long and complex process.”

“Arthur Terry has handled their conversion with great professionalism and I am delighted for the school and the many Sutton children who will benefit as a result of the Education reforms of the Coalition Government.”

Christopher Stone Headteacher of The Arthur Terry School said, “We recognise that Academy and Teaching School status provide us with a platform to extend our work with other schools. Throughout our application to become an Academy, Andrew has been a constant source of support and encouragement.”

Photo: Headteacher Chris Stone & Andrew Mitchell MP in Sutton Park discussing education reform in Sutton Coldfield.

Andrew Mitchell MP with the Arthur Terry School's Headteacher Christopher Stone

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