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Lichfield MP says Burntwood school is blossoming after academy switch

Lichfield’s MP says a Burntwood school is blossoming after becoming part of an academy group.

Boney Hay Primary Academy became part of the Staffordshire University Academy Trust on January 1.

Michael Fabricant buries a time capsule with members of the school council

Michael Fabricant buries a time capsule with members of the school council

Michael Fabricant, Conservative MP for Lichfield, visited the school and spoke to students and staff about the changes.

He said: “ I was so impressed with my visit to Boney Hay Primary Academy – the kids are full of enthusiasm as are the teachers and teaching assistants. It’s a really vibrant and happy school.

“I also think that the tie up with Staffordshire University Academy Trust is inspired. It translates into real aspiration for the children that their school is linked in this way.

“I was really pleased that most children in a class had visited the House of Commons and seemed to know more about standing orders than I do.”

The school’s principal, Jen Matthewman, said the link-up was already reaping rewards for the students.

She said: “Through our collaboration, we are able to offer the pupils new opportunities in a range of areas.

“One year group are working with professional chefs from the university, other groups have worked alongside the School of Journalism and will be meeting up with pupils from other academies in the trust.

“We are able to raise the aspirations of all pupils and have more control over our spending, curriculum and school improvement advisors.

“We are at the forefront of embracing the new educational landscape and know that this decision will always ensure that the child is the centre of all that we do.”

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  1. Darryl

    7th March, 2017 at 9:27 am

    When the water is so muddy, how can you cheer clarity?

  2. Agitatorofpeople

    7th March, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Let’s hope it all works out better than Chadsmead Academy did, Outstanding to Special Measures in a few years.

  3. Sj

    8th March, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Acadamies another get rich quick scheme run generally by people who have little teaching experience in the classroom doomed to lower educational standard

  4. Steve Norman

    8th March, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Well now – if Mr Fabricant has found his way to Burntwood when is he meeting with the Burntwood Action Group (BAG) who have invited him to attend a public meeting with residents opposed to losing our Green Belt – as promoted by the District Council’s Cabinet last night?

  5. John Griffin

    8th March, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Why did the government choose an academy business boss for OFSTED, who’s NEVER taught (Amanda Spielman)? Because the outgoing Michael Wilshaw had moved from being the Tory favourite to being dangerous, as he was exposing the inadequacy of academies.

  6. K

    8th March, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Not all academies are these so called ‘get rich quick’ schemes. Not all academies are run by businesses. Not all academies hire cheap labour and still have fully qualified teachers teaching. It has nothing to do with money or standards, it’s about what’s best for the school and children as a whole! The difference in paying to be in an academy or in a LA are pretty much the same so no extra money is made. Children still need to be taught the same objectives and access a rich embedded curriculum. I could go on, but would rather you educate yourself a bit more before and allow you to do your research before abruptly commenting on something you clearly know nothing about!
    And no, I do not work at the school or have any links with the school, but do wish them all the best.
    Well done Boney Hay