Herman Primary to consult on academy status.

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The Secretary of State for Education has agreed in principle for Herman Primary School to become an academy sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT). The Department’s approval was given in a letter to OAT and Herman Primary School signed by Michael Gove.

Herman Primary School in Gorleston is aiming to become an academy in the next academic year to benefit from a sponsor’s guidance and support to improve provision. The proposed academy would become part of a network of 24 academies. OAT already sponsors Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, Ormiston Victory Academy in Norwich and more recently Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft.

A formal period of consultation will start in September to seek views from parents and the community.

School governors recommended OAT to the Minister for Education in 2013. OAT is a charity and incorporated company which began sponsoring academies in 2006. It is part of the Ormiston Trust, a charity founded in 1969 to help improve the life chances of young people.

Head Teacher Kate Rutherford said: “We have pledged to our parents that we will do our best for their children, we are confident that our recommendation of OAT as our sponsor will further strengthen Herman Primary School and are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the trust.”

Professor Toby Salt, chief executive of OAT said: “We are delighted to be working with Herman Primary School on this exciting project; the school will be a valued member of our academy network.

“The Trust has a long heritage of raising standards for children and we will be working closely with staff and students at Herman Primary to share the benefits that being in an academy group can offer. The OAT network of schools collaborates to share good practice and expertise so we can provide the best educational opportunities for our young people.

“We already have some very successful academies in Norfolk, including Ormiston Venture Academy, which was recently rated as outstanding and will add its support to Herman Primary to ensure a seamless transition.”