Midsomer Norton schools become academies

Two secondary schools in Somerset have become academies following approval by the Department for Education.

Norton Hill and Somervale schools, in Midsomer Norton, formed a federation under head teacher Peter Beaven in 2009.

They will be run by the the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership.

Mr Beaven said: "It provides the schools with greater freedom to achieve the best for our pupils and with more resources to do so."

'Outstanding school'

Somervale failed its Ofsted inspection earlier this year while Norton Hill is rated outstanding.

Mr Beaven told BBC Somerset: "The fact that Norton Hill and Somervale were both allowed to become academies I think shows there was a confidence in the progress Somervale had been making whilst it had been federated with Norton Hill, the progress it had been making since the last inspection and a confidence that it's going to become an outstanding school."

Bath and North East Somerset councillor Chris Watt said: "It is a testament to the success of the federation between the schools and shows how outstanding schools can help to improve the standards of other schools in the area."

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