Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School, which was recently put into ‘special measures’ by Ofsted, has unveiled plans to turn into an academy – according to a report in today’s Bristol Evening Post.
The paper says the secondary school could re-open in September as part of the Olympus Academy Trust, which was formed at the beginning of the year to take over the running of the nearby Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS).
Dave Baker, headteacher at BSCS, has been running both schools since the previous Abbeywood headteacher Ann Duff resigned suddenly last October.
The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has powers, under an act he hastened through parliament last year, to force into academy status any school that is said by Ofsted to need ‘special measures‘.
The Evening Post claims that South Gloucestershire Council, the local authority responsible for Abbeywood, is “urging the Department for Education to select the Olympus Academy Trust as sponsor”.
Prior to being put into ‘special measures’, Abbeywood had said it wasn’t interested in joining a proposed academy partnership with BSCS, Patchway Community College and Brimsham Green School.
BSCS later decided to go it alone and convert to an academy in “a federation of one” on 1st January 2012.