Church Schools Company are to sponsor a second city academy. The
Church Schools Company, which is already taking forward proposals for
Lambeth City Academy will now act as co-sponsor with Manchester
School in Manchester.
City academies are publicly funded all ability schools, established
by sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups and working with
partners from the local community. They are designed to raise
standards using greater freedom than is available to maintained
schools. City academies will have state of the art facilities which
they will share with the local family of schools and the wider
community. The government is now working on legislation to introduce
all age academies and to establish Academies in rural as well as
Mr Timms said: `
'This is a most positive development in the city academies programme
which clearly demonstrates growing support for this exciting
initiative. The Church Schools Company, who already has a proven
track record in their work with independent schools, will make a
great contribution to the development of the academy proposals in
both Manchester and Lambeth. Their partnership with Manchester
Science Park will give a big boost to the life chances of the pupils
in Moss Side and Hulme. It will also contribute to the economic and
social improvement of the local community.'
The Church Schools Company, an ecumenical Christian educational
charity with eight independent schools is committing£575,000 to the
city academy in Manchester. It will replace Ducie High School and is
scheduled to open in September 2004.
Ewan Harper, chief executive of the Church Schools Company said:
'We are delighted to be working for children in Moss Side. They
deserve the best opportunities that a lively, high quality education
can offer, so that they will become fully participating members of
society. The local community will also take heart from our creative
partnership with the Manchester Science Park, which underlines how
important this school will be for children, parents and employers.
Jane Davies, chief executive of Manchester Science Park said:
'It is a very exciting development that the Church Schools' Company
sponsorship means that the city academy project can go ahead. By
sharing our tenants' experience of business and enterprise with the
staff and pupils of the new school, we aim to encourage them to
become the entrepreneurs and wealth creators of the future.'
David Johnston, chief education officer at Manchester LEA said:
'This is excellent news for young people in Manchester. We have been
working hard to secure a sponsor for the city academy and are
convinced that this unique and exciting partnership between
Manchester Science Park, the Church Schools Company, the DfES and the
Council, will lead to yet another successful school for the Hulme and
Moss Side area. The new school will continue to be very much a part
of the Manchester family of schools and will help further raise
educational attainment in the city.'
This Press Notice applies to England
1. Partnerships have already been announced in Barnet, Bexley, Brent,
Bristol, Ealing, Haringey, Hillingdon. Lambeth, Nottingham, East
Middlesbrough, South Middlesbrough and Walsall, with a further two in
Southwark. Negotiations continue to take place with other sponsors
2. City academies are all-ability inclusive schools. Like all other
mainstream schools they will be expected to admit pupils with special
education needs and disabilities as appropriate.
3. City academies will benefit from a significant capital investment
and this will vary depending upon the build needed. Sponsors are
selected on the basis of their commitment to the highest standards of
education and their determination to succeed in helping pupils who
are currently served by some of our poorest performing schools. They
must be able to make a contribution of around 20% of the capital
costs of a city academy.
4. The current education bill will extend this model to rural areas
and allow for all-age academies, primary academies, secondary
academies and sixth forms.
5. The Moss Side City Academy will replace Ducie High School in
Manchester which was announced in July 2001. It is
proposed that the city academy will specialise in Business and
Enterprise with an emphasis on design. Consultation on the proposed
specialism will take place during the development phase. Manchester
Science Park Ltd has committed to sponsorship of around£225,000
towards the refurbishment of the existing premises. The Church
Schools Company has pledged up to£575,000 towards the capital costs
for the project.