A Strong Voice for Croydon Central - Gavin Barwell MP
Help me
About Me
Contact me

Schools reform in Croydon gathers pace
15/12/2011 21:42:00

This evening, I received a letter from Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, to say that he has agreed that Shirley High School Performing Arts College can become an academy from 1st January.

Under Labour, academy status was only open to new secondary or all-through schools that were replacing poor-performing schools. The Coalition Government has said that any school - primary, secondary or special - can apply to become an academy. Some schools will welcome the opportunity to have more control over their finances; others, particulary in a borough like Croydon that is well run, will be happy to leave some things to the local council. It's up to them.

Based on last summer's GCSE results, Shirley High is the second highest performing state school in the constituency - and one of the most improved. Congratulations to Nigel Barrow and his team.

Comment on this blog



 More Blog Posts
Reflections on yesterday's attack
  Read Story
IVF services in Croydon
  Read Story
Government backs upgrade of London to Brighton railway and refuses to fund BML2 concept that would be bad news for Addiscombe in particular
  Read Story
Spot the difference
  Read Story
Second interim report on Croydon tram crash
  Read Story
Fixing our broken housing market.
  Read Story
Government provides £14m for refurbishment of Fairfield Halls and redevelopment of College Green.
  Read Story
Southern Rail latest update
  Read Story
How I will vote on the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
  Read Story
Reaction to Donald Trump's Executive Order on entry to the US
  Read Story

Full list of blog posts here

Gavin Barwell, House of Commons, SW1A 1AA, Tel  020 8660 0491      © Gavin Barwell  2017       Promoted by Ian Parker on behalf of Gavin Barwell, both at 36 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2LG