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‘Academies are a boost for pupils’

Stephen Lehec says that converting to an academy has helped Aylesbury Grammar School support pupils better

Stephen Lehec says that converting to an academy has helped Aylesbury Grammar School support pupils better

 

Aylesbury’s eight academy schools are able to do more for their pupils by bypassing council funding according to one headteacher.

Although the schools, which include Aylesbury High School, John Colet and Waddesdon C of E do not receive any extra money per pupil, the funding comes directly from the government.

And Stephen Lehec, head of Aylesbury Grammar School – which took on academy status in July 2011 – claims that signing up to the government’s flagship scheme has benefitted pupils.

He said: “Being funded directly by central government has enabled us to spend our funding directly on the needs of the students here.

“One of the things that I think all of our students have in common is that they are gifted and talented in an area.

“Being an academy has enabled us to support them in these talents and we could not have done as much of that before.”

Academy status allows schools to have greater control over their funding.

Some services are still bought in from Bucks County Council, such as admissions and appeal processes.

And the council says that despite the schools taking funding from elsewhere, the authority has not saved any money for council tax payers.

A spokesman said: “There is no evidence that, by virtue of a school becoming an academy, any savings have been 
identified to the local authority.

They added: “There is no financial difference to the local council taxpayer because the money going to academies is funding from central government which would 
normally have gone to the council to pay for the services the academies are now providing.”

 

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