Academy battle victors

Pleased: Sue Fitt
Pleased: Sue Fitt
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Government officials have backed-down on their plan to force a primary school to become an academy.

The Department for Education has told Lancashire County Council Ridge Community Primary can stay under county control.

The DfE had planned to make the Lancaster school an academy from May 1 despite objections and a dramatic increase in standards over the past year.

Headteacher Sue Fitt said: “This is good news for the school and we can now put the uncertainty caused by this process behind us. We have always argued that we did not need to become an academy and the fact that our results have continued to improve throughout this period of instability bears that out. We would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to continuing to provide the best possible education for our children.”

Bob Stott, LCC’s director for schools, said: “We have been working closely with the school over recent times to improve standards and it has been really gratifying to see the dramatic improvement in results.”