Grays Convent, Treetops to be forced to become academies

PLANS to force all schools in Thurrock to become academies will be outlined in the government budget on Wednesday.

The Department for Education is expected to publish draft legislation as early as Thursday reports the BBC.

The move would end the century-old role of local authorities as providers of education.

This would mean that school such as Grays Convent and Treetops Special Needs school will be forced to change the way they operate.

The academy system has met with limited success in Thurrock. While some school such as Harris Academy Chafford Hunded seemed to have bloomed, school such as Hassenbrook and Ormiston Park have had their struggles.

IN 2015, Thurrock school saw the fifth largest drop in GCSE results in the country. The only school that came out unscathed was Grays Convent.

Back in October, David Cameron said he wanted "every school an academy… and yes – local authorities running schools a thing of the past".

At the autumn statement a month later, the official document stated that the government wanted: "The next step towards the government’s goal of ending local authorities’ role in running schools and all schools becoming an academy".

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