Datchet St Mary’s Primary Academy is the second Primary school in Windsor and Maidenhead to convert to Academy status.
Academies are Government-funded schools that are independent of local authority control, allowing them to enjoy more freedom than other state schools over areas such as school decision-making, use of suppliers and the opportunity to adapt the curriculum to the specific needs of their pupils.
The Academies Act of July 2010 enabled all ‘Outstanding’ schools – both primary and secondary – to apply to become an Academy. This prompted Datchet St Mary’s to consider Academy status and the school began consulting with parents, staff, pupils and the local community last summer. After positive feedback from all of the school’s stakeholders, the Governors decided to start the process of conversion to Academy status.
Reverend Peter Wyard, Chair of Governors, explained: “Over the last few years, Datchet St Mary’s has been judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and we felt that Academy status would be the next step for us as a school. We believe that becoming an Academy will provide a challenge and stimulation to governors, staff and the whole school community, and we are excited about the additional freedom, responsibility and flexibility it will bring.”
“Being fully responsible for running our own show will help to generate even more pride, commitment and enthusiasm, and provide professional development opportunities for staff,” he added. “We have been delighted by the support we have received from all of our stakeholders during the process.”
The four stars on the new logo represent our four houses: