The news is particularly welcome after The Ravenscroft had its original application for Academy status deferred last July. However, following lack of clarity on this decision, both the School’s Governors and Barnet Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Andrew Harper, wrote to Lord Hill, the Government Minister responsible for Academies, to urge him to reconsider. Theresa also wrote to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to appeal to him to look again at the decision. The result was success!

By becoming an Academy, The Ravenscroft will benefit from having the freedom and flexibility to tailor the curriculum to the needs of their pupils. Greater budgetary freedom will also help to ensure that the school’s resources are customised to better meet the requirements of their pupils.

Theresa said, “This is an excellent result for The Ravenscroft School and very well deserved. The school has a great team behind it and I’m sure it will continue to go from strength to strength under its new Academy status.”

Paul Ferrie added, “This is another great success story for the school following on from recent GSCE results which were the best ever in the history of the school. Staff and students are excited by the opportunities Academy status will present and hope this is the start of a whole new chapter for the school community.”