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Plymouth primary school to become academy

A Plymouth primary school is to become an academy after securing support from the city's university.

Mayflower Community Primary School will become the Mayflower Academy in September 2013.

It comes after the Department for Education approved the university'd bid to become the academy's sponsor, school headteacher Marian Bartlett said.

The university would play a role in the management of the school, Ms Bartlett added.

Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority.

They have more freedom than other state schools over their finances, curriculum, length of terms and school days and do not need to follow national pay and conditions for teachers.

The 400-pupil Mayflower Community Primary School was only formed in 2009 with the merger of the South Trelawny and North Prospect primary schools, and the relocation to a new £7.5m site.

Ms Bartlett said moving to academy status would be "the next stage of its evolution".

The university already sponsors Marine Academy Plymouth.

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