Chiswick School is BornPosted: 15/03/12
After many consultations, meetings and reviews Chiswick Community School officially became Chiswick School and an academy on Thursday 1st March.
Mr Ryan said the change to academy status was ‘almost inevitable if our school wants to stay in control’. He explained that the government is actively encouraging schools to become academies and taking funding away from local authorities. This means that some of the support we have had from them in the past has gone. For example, the local authority would have previously provided experts to advise on the curriculum but now they no longer have the funding to do this.
The budget for academies comes directly from government and also includes the money that would have gone to the local authority. ‘But, becoming an academy,’ said Mr Ryan, ‘is more about making independent decisions for the good of the school and Please enter some content for your news story here students than about any extra money involved.’ Chiswick School works really well with the council which Mr Ryan says he hopes will continue.
So what does the name change signify? Many students and staff felt the word ‘community', although representative of the school’s local links, was outdated. The school will remain rooted in the local community, but a new name was needed to reflect our new status. The school’s new logo, a combination of several student ideas, supports this.