A Banbury primary school planning to become an academy

Pupils at St. Mary's School, Banbury during last year's SkillForce event as instructor, Chris Peacock coaches the pupils through the 'Toxic Trek' task. NNL-160927-163746009
Pupils at St. Mary's School, Banbury during last year's SkillForce event as instructor, Chris Peacock coaches the pupils through the 'Toxic Trek' task. NNL-160927-163746009
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A Banbury primary school is taking steps towards becoming an academy and is consulting with parents and carers on the proposals.

Governors at St Mary’s CE Primary School, on Southam Road, is proposing the school becomes an academy through the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST), a multi-academy trust (MAT), which will see its funding come directly from central government.

In a letter to parents and carers, the school said it felt the trust was the ‘best fit’ for the school. It says: “Governors believe this proposed change will enable us to provide some additional choices as to how the school develops in the future and will help us to meet the ongoing changes and challenges within the educational system locally and nationally.”

The school is consulting with an event planned for tomorrow, April 4. But a parent, who does not want to be named, said there was no evidence becoming an academy improved educational performance.

He said: “There is an awful lot of concern about academisation. Most primary schools are not academies but most secondary schools are. It is a big upheaval for a small school, there’s lots to do and it is a big distraction from educating the kids.”