23 JUL 2010

Charlie celebrates academy victory

Today I celebrated with staff and pupils of Castle Community College in Deal.

Castle Community applied to the Department for Education to gain Academy status earlier this year and has received confirmation from the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that the school will become an academy from this September, one of an estimated two hundred nationally. I wrote to Ministers in support of their application both prior to and since my election in May and spoke up in the Commons in favour of the bid.

At lunch with the staff and pupils, I congratulated the Headteacher, Christine Chapman, her staff and students.  Having been a long term supporter of Castle Community's bid, I am delighted that it will be among the first schools to shift to academy status. This is national recognition of the campaign we have all fought and the achievements of this exceptional school. I wanted to particularly praise the inspirational Headteacher, Christine Chapman who has ably led this campaign with such great results.

Headteacher, Christine Chapman said: "I am thrilled for our school and our community. Charlie's intervention made a real difference and I'm so grateful for his help in our getting early academy status. This means our school can continue to build on our strong academic position and I would like to thank all of our staff, students and parents who have contributed to this result."

The application criteria to the Department of Education required Castle Community to maintain an outstanding academic record, have the support of the school's governing body and its PTA - all of which were satisfied.

Parents, teachers and governors have all worked very hard to get to this position today and I hope that this will ensure that the children of Deal continue to receive the excellent education to which they are entitled.


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