New beginning for Peele community college

Approval has been given for the Peele Community College to become an academy.

The regional school commissioner has approved the move which would see the college join Holbeach in the Lincolnshire Educational Trust (LET).

The Long Sutton school was rated as ‘inadequate’ in the latest Ofsted report published in July.

As a result, it could be joining the LET if final approval is given.

“Plans for The Peele Community College to become an Academy are progressing well and very recently the Regional School Commissioner gave his approval for the college to become a member of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust.

“Considerable work between representatives of the college, the Lincolnshire Educational Trust and the local authority has been taking place to facilitate the sponsorship and to enable the Trust to carry out their due diligence exercise.

“The findings of this will then be presented to the trust board ahead of any final decision being taken,” said Heather Sandy, assistant director for children’s services.

The head teacher at Peele, Jane Moody, is the fifth person to be in the position in eight years.

She was previously the head of science at the school but became head when Elizabeth Smith left the role.

The University of Lincoln became sponsors of what was then the new academy in Holbeach in 2011.

“University Academy Holbeach has been totally positive with the academy growing, particularly at sixth form level,” says the organisation’s website.

In 2014 Holbeach Primary School also joined the trust and Gosberton House followed in September 2016.

“We have a clear philosophy that education should be enjoyable and develop young people with the skills, knowledge and desire to be life long learners,” said Professor Mary Stuart, who leads the trust.

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