Southwell's Minster School has become a Church of England academy
A Southwell school has completed its conversion to become a Church of England academy.
Minster School has opened today as a Church of England Academy, a process which has taken more than two years.
The school is the first member of the Minster Trust for Education (MiTrE).
Other schools that have started the process to become a Church of England academy and join Minster School in MiTrE include, Lowe’s Wong Infants, Holy Trinity Infants, Halam Primary, Farnsfield St Michael’s Primary and Bleasby Primary.
The academy status means the Minster School is independent of the local authority, giving it more freedom over how it conducts itself.
Academies receive funding directly from the Government, which means they get more because none is kept by the local authority for the provision of central services.
The head teacher of Minster School and chief executive of MiTrE Matthew Parris said: "The Minster School is currently enjoying great success, building on its heritage and commitment to excellence, with outstanding examination results achieved at A Level and GCSE in the summer and a vibrant and full experience in school for students, based around our school aim, succeeding together, underpinned by our Christian virtues of wisdom, optimism, resilience, kindness and Service.
"As both chief executive of MiTrE and the head of Minster School I am excited to begin the next stages of development, building a multi-academy trust with the clear aim to support the best education (in all its facets) in local schools.
"I am now working hard to support the conversions of the other schools signed up to our Memorandum of Understanding, which clearly outlines the principles, aims and ethos of MiTrE."
For more information visit www.mitretrust.org.uk. The website will go live this week.