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CHURCH SCHOOLS COMPANY TO SPONSOR SECOND CITY ACADEMY

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School standards minister Stephen Timms has announced that the ...
School standards minister Stephen Timms has announced that the

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

Science Park Ltd supporting a city academy to replace Ducie High

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

urban areas.

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.'

NOTES

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

and LEAs.

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.

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