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Council plans all academy schools

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Surrey CC is thinking about making independent academies out of all 53 of its secondary schools.

The county has asked education secretary Michael Gove to comment on the proposal, despite none of the county’s 11 outstanding schools applying to become academies within Mr Gove’s earlier time limit.

In response to a letter from the council, the Department for Education said it welcomed the “ambitious thinking” to convert all the schools in one go.

Surrey CC said the reason it wanted to make the change was because more and more headteachers might become interested in becoming academies.

The council’s strategic director for children, young people and families, said headteachers might have been fearful of applying for academy status one by one in case it caused damage to partnerships between schools. He said there was perhaps also a fear that resources would be directed to the academies from other schools in the area.

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