Following the Governing Body Meeting on 11 July, King Edward VI Humanities College will be applying to the Secretary of State for an Academy order to become a Sponsored Academy later on this year.
The decision taken by Governors follows on from an initial consultation, which began in February this year. The school is looking to go into partnership with The David Ross Foundation by the 1st November 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter.
This decision was taken following the a decision by Humberston Maths and Computing College to be a part of the Foundation in June of this year. King Edward already enjoys a positive working relationship with Humberston over the last eighteen months which has been of mutual benefit to students and staff. Humberston is now part of the David Ross Foundation of Academies and Governors stated that they wished to continue the association with the college by becoming part of this same Foundation which seeks to raise aspirations by offering young people an outstanding range of learning opportunities.
The David Ross Foundation was created by businessman David Ross, originally from Grimsby, the co-founder of the Carphone Warehouse.
The Foundation believes that through providing an extensive range of quality learning experiences in all areas, young people will find something in which they excel and in turn raise their aspirations and enthusiasm to work hard and achieve their best. It is perceived that the change to Academy status would enable the school to continue to provide, and further improve, the right environment for both students and teachers to excel – whilst remaining at home at the heart of the rural community.
The college has stated that both Governors and Staff believe that to be part of the David Ross Educational Trust will present opportunities to the students and allow them to achieve personal goals and academic potential in a variety of areas. Being part of the Trust also allows staff from King Edwards to tap into a growing network which will allow them to exchange ideas on best practices, achieving excellence and other information.
The college is now inviting parents and guardians to share their views on the change to Academy status by either emailing the school (email@example.com) or by post to: King Edward VI Humanities College, West End, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. PE23 5EW.
Further information on the David Ross Foundation can be found on the by downloading the David Ross Foundation information document (PDF – requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, or similar) which can be found in the section below.
All comments received by the college will be considered by the Governors at their meeting on 15 September.