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Courtyard Conversion

Consultation on conversion to an Alternative Provision Academy

At a meeting of the joint primary PRU and Bridge AP Academy Management Committee on 11th December 2012 it was agreed that the Primary PRU and Courtyard SEN Unit should apply to the DfE for conversion to an Alternative Provision Academy. On 8th February 2013 we received notice from the Secretary of State that he had granted an Academy Order that would enable us to convert if we so wish.

Alternative Provision Academies are a new type of school with more freedoms than local authority maintained units.

The Dfe state that:

“Academy status will give education professionals working in AP greater scope to innovate and raise standards for the pupils in their PRUs, although remaining clearly accountable for the outcomes they deliver. AP Academies will enjoy a number of benefits over maintained PRUs, which include :

  • Freedom from local authority control
  • Greater control of their budget
  • The ability to set their own pay and conditions for staff
  • The ability to change the lengths of terms and school days to benefit pupils
  • Freedom to develop new types of support to pupils
  • We are in the process of creating a Tri-borough Alternative Provision (TBAP) Multi Academy Trust.

    Links :
    DfE website on Alternative Provision Academies
    DfE Guidance
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Academy Conversion Consultation
    Staff Questions Re: Academy Status

    There will now be a period of formal consultation to consider the views of all our stakeholders before the final decision is made. This will begin with an Open Meeting on 26th February 2013. Following that meeting the consultation will run for 4 weeks finishing on 26h March 2013.
    Questions can be emailed to the Executive Headteacher on