Secondary schools announce merger plans

ROBERT Smyth and Welland Park schools are to set up in partnership, it was announced this week.

The schools, which both recently achieved academy status, want to join together to be called The Market Harborough Academy.

It will essentially create a single school for 11-19-year-olds.

Parents were informed of the intentions by letter on Wednesday.

The formalised partnership of the two academies will begin in September 2012.

They will work together over the next two-to-three years, with the view of creating a single academy, subject to approval by the Secretary of State.

In a joint statement, Welland Park principle Pascale Powell and her counterpart at Robert Smyth, Colin Dean said: “We both think this is a very exciting proposal, which is entirely for the benefit of present and future students in Market Harborough. 

“It makes absolute sense that two academies, which already have strong links and are geographically so close, should wish to unify more formally. 

“This does not alter any existing arrangements we have with either our primary or secondary partners, which are already strong and will continue to be so. 

“At this stage, no exact details have been worked out, but the Governors and staff of both academies are clear: a joint 11-19 educational provision in Market Harborough will be to everyone’s benefit.”

See Thursday’s Mail for the full story.