Wyedean School as an Academy
On September 1st 2011, Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre became an Academy. This means that the school is now independent of Gloucestershire Local Authority, and is accountable directly to the Department for Education.
The reasons for Wyedean becoming an Academy were twofold: Firstly, we wanted to maintain the freedom to determine our own curriculum, so that we can ensure that what we teach is right for Wyedean students. We have developed and enriched our curriculum over recent years, and we want to be able to continue to do so in future. Academy status gives us this freedom. Secondly, by becoming an Academy, we receive additional funding. Instead of money being sent from the Department for Education to Wyedean via the local authority, the money now comes straight to us, including the proportion of money previously taken from us by Gloucestershire. This has given us over £200,000 this year that we would not have had if we had not become an Academy, and this is money which will help us offset cuts in other funding, and continue to provide the quality of education for which Wyedean is known.
The decision to move to Academy status was one which was keenly debated and discussed during 2010 and 2011. The Governors of the school are committed to Wyedean's continued improvement; the achievement of Academy status is an important step in this process.