School boss defends Hampshire County Council’s role for future academies

WEIGHING IN Roy Perry
WEIGHING IN Roy Perry
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THE county council’s education boss says it will still have a role in the future of schooling.

Cllr Roy Perry’s comments come after the headteacher of top-performing Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville told The News his school would commission some services from the private sector that offer better value for money than the council when it becomes an academy in September.

Cllr Perry said: ‘Since we have been judged “outstanding” I am sure most academies will value retaining services from us such as IT, governors’ services, property, HR and school improvement.

‘Hampshire schools choosing the academy route so far, have all made it clear how much they value their continued relationship with the county council recognising the high quality of support we offer.’