LIVERPOOL’S only grammar school, The Blue Coat, will break free from town hall control and become a centrally funded academy from the beginning of March, it has been revealed.
Confirming the conversion, officials at the prestigious 303-year-old school stressed its ethos, character, name and entry test selection policy will remain unchanged.
Governors believe the Academy switch, which was subject to extensive consultation, will “safeguard the school’s reputation for academic excellence by giving greater control over finances”.
Academies can set their own curriculum and money can be spent on their own priorities without it being top sliced for council-wide schemes. Grammar schools do not have to change their name and entry tests and admission policies can be retained.
Headteacher Debbie Silcock said academy status was the “best route” to bolster its excellent education provision while funding its “own academic priorities while retaining and attracting the best staff”.
Unions oppose academies, believing they are not democratically accountable and take money away from council-run schools.