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New Brompton College's press release for information

Date: 16/12/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

New Brompton College are today celebrating the submission of an Expression of Interest by the University of Kent to the Department for Children, Schools and Families to establish an Academy. This submission comes after significant lobbying by the school, to Ed Balls, the Secretary of State, to further the schools independence by moving from Trust to Academy status. Over the past five years NBC has been transformed in to an oversubscribed, dynamic, energetic and innovative centre of learning, at the forefront of curriculum developments nationally, and has placed itself in the top 5% of schools nationally for contextual value added. Two years ago parents /carers were consulted on a proposal to move the school to Trust status, and at the same time initial views were sought as to whether they may prefer an Academy. There was resounding approval from parents to pursue the Academy route, after Trust status was established, and it was from this initial mandate that the school sought Academy status. Judy Rider says:’ We are delighted and honoured that the prestigious University of Kent, which is a key leading strategic regeneration partner, has chosen to be our sponsor and support us in our future vision to develop and secure a truly 21st century school. This is a welcome and positive move. An Academy in Gillingham will bring significant benefits to the whole local community and will complement the new Medway learning quarter encompassing the Universities at Medway, the brand new Mid Kent FE/HE College, the Olympic Park and the Medway NHS Foundation Trust – all within a one mile radius of each other – enhancing the learning potential of our young people and establishing a dynamic learning culture. The Academy will allow the school to drive standards up further through progressive and innovative curriculum plans, building on the significant and sustained improvements made over the past few years and accelerate student progress. The successful name of New Brompton will be retained, and it is anticipated that the current highly skilled, professional and dedicated staff team, who have already transformed the school will remain, ensuring continuity for students and parent/carers. As this is a single school submission there will be no disruption whatsoever to the learning of students.The New Brompton Academy is likely to benefit from the establishment of a new learning environment with state of the art facilities and world class ICT provision. The proposal is for Specialisms in Science and the Arts.’ Clare Mackie, Pro Vice Chancellor of Kent University at Medway said: ‘We can confirm that we have submitted an Expression of Interest, together with Medway Council, to sponsor the new Academy. The University of Kent is delighted to be associated with New Brompton College and proud of all its achievements to date. There is an opportunity to move from Trust to an Academy which will bring additional investment in to the school. The Expression of Interest is a measure of our confidence in the future of New Brompton. It is up to the Minister to accept or reject it . We are hoping the Minister will accept the proposal and allow us to start the next stage of the process which includes wider public consultation – seeking views of parents/carers and the local community.’