Mandeville School academy plans set for green light

Andy Hencken, who will take over as the head of Mandeville School in October
Andy Hencken, who will take over as the head of Mandeville School in October

A proposal to turn Mandeville School into a sponsored academy has been recommended for approval by Bucks County Council education officers.

The school, which was placed in special measures in October last year by Ofsted, submitted the plans to become an academy after a Government announcement that their expectation was for struggling schools to turn into sponsored academies in order to improve.

EMLC, based in Olney, a trust set up in 2012 to establish and manage academies was approved as the potential sponsor following discussions between the school, local authority and department for education.

Earlier this month, Mandeville School announced the appointment of experienced deputy head Andrew Hencken who is moving from Tring School in November.

Mr Hencken will work alongside current acting head Geralyn Wilson until Christmas, before he takes over permanently.

The report recommends that the deputy cabinet member for education and skills approves the school becoming an academy.

A decision is set to be taken on the proposal on or after July 31.

Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through Bucks County Council.

They have more freedom than other state schools over their finances, curriculum, length of terms and school days and do not need to follow national pay and conditions for teachers.

Mike Appleyard, deputy leader and cabinet member for education and skills said: “Mandeville School needed a step change in improvement, and this has been done as a partnership between the school and the county council.

“There has been a significant improvement since the Ofsted inspection last year, and the executive headship has worked very well.

“We see Academy status as the best outcome for the school, for the students and for the local community.”