Derby

Sinfin Community School becomes City of Derby Academy

Sinfin Community School
Image caption Staff and parents at Sinfin Community School protested over plans to turn it into an academy

An underperforming Derby school has become an academy despite opposition from teachers and the local authority.

Sinfin Community School turned into the City of Derby Academy on Saturday following government approval earlier this year.

The school had been put into special measures over concerns about standards following an Ofsted report in 2010.

Teachers took strike action over the academy plans last year and said local people's views had been "ignored".

'Views ignored'

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove approved the plans in February following a consultation.

He said half of respondents agreed the school should become an academy although the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the government had "ignored teachers and Derby people".

The school, which has about 900 pupils, will have its governing body replaced by an interim executive board and a new uniform will be introduced in September.

It will be run as a sponsored academy under the leadership of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, a not-for-profit charity which already runs academies in Mansfield, Leicester and Nottingham.

Howard Jones, who was the acting headteacher, will now become acting principal of the academy.

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