What is an Academy?
In the education system of England, an Academy is a school that is directly funded by central government (specifically, the Department for Education) and independent of direct control by local government. An Academy may receive additional support from personal or corporate sponsors, either financially or in kind, must meet the National Curriculum core subject requirements and are fully subject to inspection by Ofsted. Academies are self-governing and most are constituted as registered charities or operated by other educational charities.
To ensure that students benefited from the significant advantages this would bring, The Marches School converted to an Academy on 1st August 2011.
Converting to an Academy has enabled us to:
- Re-state our aims and redefine our vision for learning in the second decade of the 21st Century
- Build on our current strengths as an ‘outstanding’, high performing comprehensive school and preserve the legacy of our specialisms in Technology, Leading Edge and Training School status
- Focus on meeting the needs of all learners in Oswestry and the surrounding area
- Seize the new educational agenda; work collaboratively with others, including the Local Authority, share information and take opportunities to creatively use resources and make decisions that benefit the young people within the schools learning community