All but one of Bromley’s schools will become academies
All but one of the borough’s secondary state schools is an academy or is applying to become one.
The Priory School, in Tintagel Road, Orpington, is the only senior school which is bucking the trend.
A total of 12 Bromley secondary schools are now academies, with the rest aiming to follow suit later this year.
It means that Bromley has the largest number of academies in London, and one of the highest number of academy conversions in the UK.
Children and young person councillor Ernest Noad said: “Bromley schools have, for some time, had an enviable reputation beyond the confines of the borough.
“The decision to convert to an academy rests fully with governing bodies and we support the decisions made by each individual school. The local authority is working closely with the leadership of schools as they undergo the process of becoming academies.”
Meanwhile, parents of year 6 pupils are being given the option of swapping their current secondary place to apply for two new Harris academies opening in September.
Parents who are successful with their applications will be able to trade in the place they were given early in March to take up a place at the new schools.
Chief executive of the Harris Federation, Dr Dan Moynihan, said: “Our academies in nearby Croydon had to turn down hundreds of applications from Bromley families this year. When it was announced that two new Harris academies would open in the borough this September, a lot of parents called to ask if they would be able to apply and we are delighted the answer is yes.”
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