In June 2010, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education for the Coalition Government, invited all schools, both state funded and independent, to become Academies.
Independent schools which choose to become Academies will be known as Free Schools, as will any schools newly set up by local communities. Academies are funded directly by the government.
The recent White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, clearly states that individual school autonomy is now seen as the best approach to improving national standards overall.
Elmfield School is exploring the possibility of becoming a Free School, and what effects such a move is likely to have on our curriculum, our policies and our ethos. Before a formal application can be made a proposal must be submitted, which The Academy Investigation Group has now done. The proposal will be considered by the Department for Education and their response will to some extent answer some of the remaining questions. Only after a proposal has been accepted by the Department for Education can a formal application be submitted.