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September academy switch for Highbury Grove School after ‘inadequate’ rating

Highbury Grove is set to join the City of London Academies Trust

24 March, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Highbury Grove was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors earlier this year

HIGHBURY Grove School is set to become an academy in September after the City of London Corporation announced it would become its official sponsor.

The school was judged by Ofsted inspectors to be “Inadequate” earlier this year, meaning it must convert to academy status under government rules.

Subject to “an agreement about the school’s future resources”, Highbury Grove will join the City of London Academies Trust.

Although Islington Council opposes forced academisation, City of London is their preferred option, as they already run the City of London Academy Islington and will also take over Mount Carmel College in Archway in September.

Principal of City of London Academy Islington, Clare Vega, would take over as Executive Principal of that school and 1,200-pupil Highbury Grove, assisted by “soon to be installed” heads of school in each academy.

Former headteacher Tom Sherrington left Highbury Grove in the wake of the Ofsted inspection

The current temporary headteacher is Aimee Lyall, who took over in January after Tom Sherrington left in the wake of the Ofsted inspection.

Under the plan Highbury Grove would close on August 31 and reopen on the same site on September 1. The school would be non-selective, non-denominational, free to attend and open to both boys and girls.

All of the five academies which the corporation sponsors or co-sponsors across Islington, Hackney and Southwark, are rated either “Good” or “Outstanding” by the education watchdog.

Mark Emmerson, CEO of The City of London Academies Trust, said:“The school already has an inspiring record for the arts and creative subjects and this is something we will continue to build on as well as raising academic achievement.

“We will work closely with Islington Council, parents and the leadership of the school throughout the period of transition to ensure high-quality future provision on the site from September 2017.”

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