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Doncaster Marshland Primary School seeks academy status

A Doncaster primary school which was put into special measures earlier this year is set to become an academy.

Doncaster Council has voted to turn Marshland Primary School in Moorends into an academy under the sponsorship of United Learning Trust (ULT).

It was placed in special measures in February after Ofsted inspectors found it had the lowest Key Stage Two performance standards in Doncaster.

The council said it hoped to see "a rapid improvement" as an academy.

Schools which convert to academies are taken out of council control and receive their funding directly from central government.

'Minimal disruption'

Doncaster councillor Eric Tatton-Kelly, cabinet member for children and young people's services, said: "There is a real need to improve the quality of education for pupils in this area and to raise achievement levels and we think the academy option is the best way to achieve this.

"We hope to see a rapid and sustained improvement in standards."

Doncaster Council said the transformation to an academy should bring "minimal disruption for pupils and parents".

The council said it would propose the academy plan to the Secretary of State for Education and the ULT would consult with members of the public, if it is passed by the government.

Doncaster Council said it would explore the option of other primary schools in the borough converting to academy status.

Meanwhile, in Sheffield two primary schools are to start a public consultation on whether to apply to become a joint academy.

Hatfield and Hartley Brook primary schools have worked together as a federation after an Ofsted report in May 2007 gave Hartley Brook a Notice to Improve.

The schools will hold a series of consultation meetings throughout September and will write a proposal to the government, depending on public opinion.

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