Somerset

Chard school set to become an academy

A Somerset school is set to become an academy, it has been announced.

The governing body of Holyrood Community School in Chard unanimously voted for the status following an invitation from Education Secretary Michael Gove.

A spokesman said the school would be run by a trust made up of existing governors and not by business sponsors.

It hopes to begin as an academy in September, subject to approval.

Holyrood Community School was graded "outstanding" in an Ofsted report earlier this year.

The government has written to all schools in England inviting them to become academies, which would be state-funded schools with a high degree of autonomy.

Schools graded as outstanding could be fast-tracked into becoming academies by the autumn.

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