Academy bonus?

PUBLISHED: 11:42 16 December 2011

Now that Exmouth Community College has converted into an academy (following much work and lobbying) and as we enter the first full academic year as an academy, I am wondering if the benefits outlined at the time, which included additional funding, are, in fact, real now.

Thinking of the changes in the economic outlook, even since June this year - the Euro zone still in the grip of a titanic struggle with the markets, the cuts beginning to bite, social unrest and local authority frontline service workers on strike - it seems unlikely that there has been no paring down of benefits to the college that were the basis for academy status.

Is the reaping of a big funding bonus sustainable in the longer term?

According to the national press, the Government has already warned academies that there will be significant budget reductions in 2011/12. Could someone reassure me? Most of us have children or grandchildren whose education we cherish and seek to support. Was it the right decision?

Lesley Johnson

24 Phillipps Avenue,


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