Under the new tougher inspection regime Knollmead school was found to be inadequate in its latest Ofsted inspection.
Under the Government’s Department for Education (DfE) rules, it will be forced to become an Academy. It will also have a sponsor to turn it around and work towards making it a good and ultimately outstanding school for local children.
The decision of who is the sponsor is taken by the DfE, who elsewhere are forcing schools to use national academy chains with no connection to their local areas, as sponsors.
The Coombe schools, part of Kingston’s family of schools, have agreed to apply to take over Knollmead with the backing of the Lib Dem council administration. This bid is favoured by the DfE subject to the current consultation.
Lib Dem Education lead member Cllr Dave Ryder-Mills said:
“If the Department must make this school an Academy then Coombe is the best choice.”
“The two Coombe schools have a strong track record in this area and are real local champions of our education system. Coombe Girls has for a long time been an excellent school, and since they joined together the improvements at Coombe boys have been dramatic.
“Good local schools, helping to turn around Knollmead would be by far the best outcome for local kids, parents and the community.
“That’s why we’re backing Coombe’s bid and we hope that local residents will too. The consultation ends on 31st January and we encourage parents and carers to make their views known.”