Carter Community School today welcomed back its students and staff for the first day of term and its first day as an academy.
The school has joined United Learning – a group of over 30 academies and independent schools including nearby Bournemouth Collegiate School. As part of United Learning, the academy will be able to share best practice with schools across the country and staff will benefit from the group’s wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities.
The academy, which was judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted in November 2012, has made huge strides forward in recent years. Last summer, the school achieved its best ever GCSE results with 48% of students achieving five good GCSEs – up from 21% the year before.
As part of the transition to academy status, the school has received funding from the Department for Education to make some enhancements to the school building. Enhancements include improving recreational areas alongside the school’s 3G rubber crumb football pitch, modernising the student entrance and relocating the Principal's office into the heart of the school.
In line with the changes to the age of transfer in Poole, the academy will accept its first ever Year 7 students this September. A new curriculum has been designed to provide the newest students with a superb transition into secondary school. Students in every year will also benefit from the launch of the 1-2-1 iPad initiative which starts at the end of April.
Rob Davies, Head Teacher of the academy, said:
‘We are thrilled to have become an academy and to have joined United Learning. Today follows a thorough consultation with staff and parents who, together with the governors, strongly welcome our move to academy status.
‘Carter Community School has made strong progress in recent years and joining United Learning will help us to accelerate this progress and reach even greater heights. We are delighted to have joined United Learning and look forward to drawing on their expertise and experience in school improvement as we continue to raise standards on our path to becoming an “Outstanding” school.’
Welcoming Carter Community School into United Learning, Andy Buck, Managing Director of academies at United Learning, said:
‘I am delighted to welcome Carter Community School into United Learning. The academy joins a growing number of schools in our group located on the south coast and we very much look forward to working with Rob Davies, his colleagues, governors and students and their families.’