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Ipswich high school becomes an academy, but not a church school

Posted by Margaret on Thursday, Mar 3, 2011

Holywells High School in Ipswich has become an academy. At one stage, it looked as though the Church of England might take over the school, which has had problems for years and was placed in “special measures” by government Ofsted inspectors from 2001-2004, but the Swedish organisation Kunskapsskolan made the successful bid. The school will now be called the Ipswich Academy.

Students campaigned against the change of status as the Holywells SOS (Save Our School) group with leaflets delivered door-to-door and a petition signed by 600, while teaching unions have been critical of the change.

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