Conversion to academy celebrated
A primary has celebrated its conversion into an academy.
Queensmead Primary Academy, in Braunstone, Leicester, as it is now known, broke away from local authority control and now receives money directly from the Government.
It made the move with the help of Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, of Nottingham. The trust will help with the school's day-to-day running, including finance, staffing and payroll.
A celebratory assembly took place at the Winstanley Drive school, which used to be called Queensmead Community Primary, on Monday, ahead of an official opening.
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Head teacher Andrew Jeffery-Clarke said: "This isn't just about our new beginning as an academy. It is also about how, despite the challenging circumstances the former school faced, we believe we can make a difference and establish Queensmead as the academy to be part of in Leicester.
"We're all proud to celebrate the future."
The school was placed in special measures in May because pupils' achievement was significantly below average.
Barry Day, chief executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, said: "As sponsor of this academy we will do much more than simply change its name and structure.
"We will use our extensive educational expertise to significantly improve the results."