Seven Lincolnshire schools consider 'super academy'

Seven Lincolnshire schools are considering a proposal to form one large academy in the county.

Six schools which are applying to become academies would share support staff with an existing academy, Branston Community College.

North Kesteven School headteacher Martin Connor said each school would retain its individual character.

The National Union of Teachers has criticised the plans saying the county should stay in charge.

More freedom

Mr Connor said the move would give the schools more freedom from local authorities but added the plans were still at the discussion stage.

The six Lincoln-area schools are North Kesteven School, Lincoln Christ Hospital, Robert Pattinson School, Cherry Willingham, St Peter and St Pauls, and Yarborough School.

"It allows us to offer a more extensive curriculum … and would include procurement of services. It seems daft to have seven different business managers," Mr Connor said.

The seven schools would have more than 7,000 students in total and the proposed changes could be in place by September 2011, he said.

"The seven schools are very different and very successful and we don't want to lose that," Mr Connor said.

In another proposal, four schools and a college in the Louth area are also considering forming a single academy.

The proposals would see Cordeaux and Monks' Dyke schools in Louth joining forces with Tennyson school in Mablethorpe, Birkbeck school in North Somercotes and the Wolds College to become one academy operating across several sites.

NUT spokesman Bev Marshall said: "It is the job of the local authority to plan broad provision and to leave it to schools to recreate a mini-local authority is inefficient."

In a letter to parents, the schools stressed the idea was a proposal and full consultation over the plans would take place before any decisions were made.

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