william howard school, brampton
I am campaigning hard in support of the Head Teacher and Governors of William Howard School to become an academy, and have used a meeting with Michael Gove to press to make an exception for this fantastic school. The latest Ofsted report in July 2009 reported that the school was ‘good’ in all areas, and achieved a consistent rating of 2 across the board. Exam results continue to improve, and the school, subject to the agreement of their governing board, is anxious to be in a position to consider applying for academy status. The Secretary of State has announced that schools with consistent ratings of ‘good’ but with outstanding features are now eligible to apply. WHS is not in this category. But I am hopeful following my meeting with the Secretary of State, that he will now allow WHS and schools like it to apply. I am confident that all the work and energy of WHS will soon be rewarded by their becoming one of the first academy schools in Penrith and the Border.