Pudsey Priesthorpe School consults on academy proposal


Parents are being consulted on proposals to make Priesthorpe School in Pudsey into an academy.

In a letter to parents by chair of givernors Ian Featherstone and headtacher Martin Blacoe, the school has set out its reasons why it wants to join 61% of other secondary schools in the country as an academy. In the letter, they say:

“The Governing Body of Priesthorpe has taken the decision to pursue academisation, primarily to increase capacity across the school and, in turn, accelerate the pace of school improvement and student progress.

“Governors have considered a number of different sponsors. Central to their decision-making was the pursuit of a
sponsor that closely reflects Priesthorpe’s cooperative values, which are at the very heart of its aims and core ethos.

“Priesthorpe, in 2011, converted from being a community school to a Foundation Trust and was the founder member of
The Inspire Cooperative Learning Trust. After careful consideration of various sponsors, it became clear that the choice of the Cooperative Academies Trust was a natural one for Priesthorpe.”

The letter adds:

“Tony Stephens, the CAT’s Chief School Improvement Advisor, has visited Priesthorpe on several occasions. He has
spoken of the school being ready to ‘take off’, and that, in his eyes, the school’s next challenge is to embed ‘an achievement culture, which matches its caring culture.’

“The governors of the school feel strongly that the Cooperative Academies Trust is the ideal sponsor for Priesthorpe to help realise these aspirations and ambitions.”

There will be an information evening for parents/carers in school on Wednesday 8th February at 6.30pm.

More details can be found about the proposals here.

Queries and questions can be emailed to consultation@priesthorpe.org and titling your mail ‘Academy status: Parents’.

The consultation period ends on 1 March 2017.


  1. Staff needs to be educated in manners, to address parents in the correct format. Not when speaking to parent addressing them as love. What us thus a fast food business.


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