BECOMING an academy will improve teaching and learning for children, the headteacher of Paulsgrove Primary School has said.
Staff and pupils returned to the school in Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, to see it re-opened for the new term as an academy. The primary academy is part of United Learning – a group of 32 academies and independent schools, 17 of which have primary provision.
As part of United Learning, the academy will be able to share advice with schools across the country.
Headteacher Andrew Olive said: ‘We’re all delighted to have become an academy and to have joined United Learning.
‘The freedoms we now have will enable us to build on the fantastic progress we have made in recent years.
‘We’re confident that, with the support of United Learning, we will very quickly become one of the highest-performing primary schools in Portsmouth.
‘It is an organisation that has focused on ensuring all their organisations offer as good an education as they can for all the children.
‘Day to day there won’t be a huge change – it’s the opportunities for staff and the opportunities that will be offered for the children through improving teaching and learning that will enable them to achieve even more than they do now.’
As an academy, the school will be able to change its curriculum and introduce new initiatives aimed at raising educational standards further.
‘I’m positive about it. It’s a good move,’ Mr Olive added.
‘It will benefit the staff and the children within our school.
‘The national curriculum is being reviewed anyway and it will change.
‘What we need to do is to review whether that meets the needs of our children.
‘We’re looking to prepare our children for the next stage of their education to make them excellent readers, writers and mathematicians so they can start secondary school with a great deal of confidence so they can achieve their best.’