Our school was the first school in Cornwall to be academised in September 2010. An 'Outstanding' Ofsted report, plus the fact that the school had previously become Grant Maintained in the late 1990s, meant that we were quick to embrace the opportunities offered to our situation in becoming an academy school.
Academy status means that the government funding, allocated to our school each year, follows a direct path to us each academic year. Previously a percentage of our funding had been deposited within the Local Authority. As an academy we are given the freedom to spend this previouly 'top-sliced' funding in the way we deem best to move the school forward.
We enjoy other freedoms too, for instance in curriculum delivery- although we have always tailored our curriculum to fit the needs of our children.
Our governors have always held the view that, in order to attract and maintain the very best staff it is wise to adhere to the National Standards and Pay Conditions applied to other schools; although it is possible for us to employ non-qualified teaching staff, for instance, we choose not to.
Our school has continued to flourish since academisation in 2010, a point highlighted in our latest Ofsted report in July 2012. The ever-changing educational landscape means that the leaders of every school situation must make sometimes difficult decisions about how best to move their school forward; becoming an academy continues to work well for St Buryan!