Education Secretary promises to fast track St John’s academy application
Education Secretary Michael Gove has promised to “kick-start” the application for St John’s School, Marlborough, to take on academy status.
In the Commons this week, local MP Claire Perry pointed out:
“St John’s school in Marlborough, of which I am a governor, has been trying to become an academy for over a year.”
“The department has been very helpful in the process, but as we approach the last furlong it feels more and more like wading through treacle.”
“Is there anything I, the other governors and the staff can do to get to a decision so that we can move forward with the programme?”
Mr Gove replied: “No school is better governed in Marlborough, or indeed in Wiltshire, than St John’s. As a result of my hon. Friend’s impassioned advocacy, I will ensure that the necessary posteriors are kicked.”
Mrs Perry told Marlborough News Online: “The plan for St John’s to become an academy has strong local support and the Department of Education has been going through all the necessary process steps with the conversion planned for September this year.”
“However, as we reach the final sign off, things seem to be slowing down. That is why I asked the Secretary of State for Education to look into fast tracking the proposal.”
“I was delighted to hear his response in which he said that he ‘will ensure that the necessary posteriors are kicked’”.