Priorslee Primary School relaunches as an academy

A primary school is holding a ceremony to mark its relaunch as an academy.

To celebrate its new status, Priorslee Primary School in Telford, Shropshire, is planting an oak tree and releasing more than 300 balloons.

Academies are often backed by external sponsors, such as companies, charities and faith groups and can manage their own finances.

The school is one of hundreds to use government legislation allowing them to "opt out" of local authority control.

Last week MPs claimed many academies in England did not have adequate controls to ensure public money was spent properly.

The school, which teaches pupils aged between four and 11, is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and the mayor of Telford will plant the tree, the school said.

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