Boston Spa School wins academy status

Boston Spa School has won its fight to remove itself from local authority control at a time when it was accusing Leeds of planning to close it down and merge its facilities into Wetherby High. The 11-18 school is the preferred option within the state sector for many village parents but earlier this year Leeds City Council planned to merge it with Wetherby High and sell off its valuable land for housing. The head teacher, Christopher Walsh, announced a campaign to achieve academy status as the best way to prevent this. Leeds City Council challenged this application and the case went to Schools Minister Lord Agnew who has granted an ‘academy order’ allowing Boston Spa School to join The Gorse Academies Trust (TGAT). 

Christopher Walsh said he was thrilled the plan had been endorsed while Stephen Hall, Chairman of the Governors, said it was ‘excellent news’: ‘The focus of the governors has always been the standards and outcomes, and we are obviously delighted that we are finally in a place to drive our partnership plan with TGAT forward.

The school has a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted and governors announced last year that the best way of making it ‘outstanding’ would be to become part of TGAT.