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PARTNERSHIP AND INNOVATION FOR SCHOOLS AS TIMMS ANNOUNCES NEW CITY ACADEMIES

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The secondary school system will benefit from increased partnership ...
The secondary school system will benefit from increased partnership
and innovation, said schools standards minister Stephen Timms today
as he announced proposals to create three new city academies in
Barnet, South Middlesbrough and Manchester.
Welcoming the approvals, Mr Timms said:
'We are entering an exciting period for secondary education, a time
when schools and local education authorities will be able to explore
innovative and dynamic partnerships that will help drive up standards
as never before. We want to continue the transformation in standards
taking place in primary schools, using that momentum to build on the
good work already being done in the secondary sector.
'These city academies are leading the way by creating broad
partnerships that break down traditional ideological barriers.
Whether it be through support from the voluntary sector, private
sponsorship or from faith organisations, city academies are already
benefiting from a wealth of expertise that will help them develop
their own very distinctive characters and ethos.
'Barnet's city academy will go a long way to improving the life
chances of its pupils, who come from culturally diverse backgrounds
and disadvantaged areas. Not only will the city academy benefit from
the financial support of the chairman of SGI Ltd, Peter Shalson, but
it will also be able to develop specialisms in business, enterprise
and information technology, which will give its pupils a leading edge
in the employment market.'
'With the support of Manchester Science Park Ltd, Manchester's city
academy is sure to get a flying start in developing its specialism in
science. The link will allow for collaboration with over 70 companies
on the Science Park, through work placements, guidance on governance
and curriculum development.
'Middlesbrough Council has launched a local consultation proposing
the establishment of a city academy in South Middlesbrough. It would
benefit from the experience of its sponsor, the Vardy Foundation's,
knowledge of working with the Emmanuel College in Gateshead. Last
year the Emmanuel College achieved one of the best sets of
examination results in the country, with 98 per cent of pupils
achieving five GCSEs at A*-C grade. By working with other local
schools the South Middlesbrough city academy would help share the
success that partnership can bring.
'These three new city academies exemplify the very best in
partnership approaches. By building on curriculum-business links
these city academies will help pupils gain the self-belief in their
ability to succeed, raising aspirations and standards for all.'
Peter Shalson, chairman of SGI Ltd, said:
'I am delighted to have this opportunity of working with headteacher
Phil Hearne and the local education authority to help these young
people gain a specialist education which will help them achieve their
goals in life, particularly in the fields of technology and business
enterprise.'
Professor John Allen, chairman of Manchester Science Park Ltd, said:
'Manchester Science Park Ltd provides accommodation for more than 70
companies and is, collectively, the largest employer in the Moss Side
and Hulme area. We have a long-standing commitment to the economic
and social improvement of the local community. We see the city
academy initiative as an appropriate vehicle for making a real
difference to local people, and we look forward to working with
partners to develop and refine it.'
Sir Peter Vardy, of the Vardy Foundation, said:
'I am delighted at the prospect of working with Middlesbrough Council
to establish a city academy in the south of the borough. We look
forward to contributing to the further regeneration of Middlesbrough
by providing a first class city academy which will work hard to
ensure the success of all its pupils.'
NOTES
This Press Notice applies to England.
1. City academies are publicly funded independent schools designed
to help raise achievement in disadvantaged urban areas. They will
offer scope for radical innovation for the most challenging areas
of the country. Today's announcement brings the total of approved
city academies to 13. The first tranche of city academies were
announced from March 2000.
2. City academies will benefit from capital investment of around
£10m each but this will vary depending upon the build
needed. Sponsors are expected to provide around 20 per cent of
the total capital costs.
3. The new city academy based in Barnet will have business,
enterprise and information technology (IT) specialisms, and will
be sponsored by Peter Shalson, chairman of SGI Ltd, a venture
capital company. The city academy will serve pupils formerly from
The Edgware School, a school serving some very disadvantaged
estates, where a total of 55 languages are spoken. Peter Shalson
has committed£1.5m in sponsorship.
4. The city academy in Manchester will be sponsored the Manchester
Science Park Ltd, a joint venture between the local authority,
universities and the private sector. It will serve pupils formerly
from Ducie High School, and will develop a specialism in science.
The Manchester diocese also support the proposals and will help
develop working relationships with the nearby Trinity CE High
School. Manchester Science Park Ltd has committed to sponsorship
of around£225,000 towards the refurbishment of the existing
premises.
5. Middlesbrough Council has launched a local consultation
proposing the establishment of a city academy in South
Middlesbrough. The South Middlesbrough city academy would be the
town's second, the first being the Amey plc-sponsored city
academy which is under development in East Middlesbrough. The
South Middlesbrough city academy would be sponsored by the North
East-based Vardy Foundation, which already sponsors the Emmanuel
College in Gateshead. The South Middlesbrough city academy would
cater for pupils from the Brackenhoe and Coulby Newham schools in
the area. It would foster a specialism in business and finance,
and would benefit from a state-of-the-art IT system. The Vardy
Foundation has committed£2m in sponsorship.
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