Kelsey Park Sports College and Cator Park School to become Harris academies

News Shopper: Kelsey Park Sports College in Beckenham will reopen as a Harris academy in September Kelsey Park Sports College in Beckenham will reopen as a Harris academy in September

PARENTS campaigning to open a Harris-sponsored school in Beckenham are celebrating after plans to launch two academies were announced.

Following separate consultations, Cator Park School in Lennard Road and Kelsey Park Sports College in Manor Way will open as academies under the Harris Federation in September.

Harris runs nine academies across south London, which have received outstanding ratings by school watchdog Ofsted.

Cator Park will remain as an all girls school while Kelsey Park, currently boys only, will begin work towards becoming the first mixed school in Beckenham.

Campaign group Harris Into Beckenham lobbied Bromley Council to turn Kelsey Park into a Harris academy which led to a consultation by governors on the school’s future.

In the meantime plans quickly progressed for Harris to open a free school in Beckenham, which won approval from the Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Whether this will now go ahead as a third Harris school will depend on parental demand.

One of the campaigners, mum-of-three Fiona Murphy, said: “This is a great result for all local children. All involved have delivered a brilliant outcome.

“The Harris track record is well-known and I know I’m not alone when I say how much I am looking forward to having two thriving new Harris academies in Beckenham.”

Harris chief executive Dr Dan Moynihan said: “We are delighted to be working with Cator Park and Kelsey and thrilled that they have chosen to become Harris academies.

“Everything that is already good about the two schools will stay the same, but we will support them so that they continue to improve and become outstanding academies for their students, staff and parents.

“Our academies in Croydon receive about 600 applications each year from families in Bromley, many of whom we have to turn away.

“So it is a real pleasure to finally be serving children in the borough with two Harris academies of their own.”

Headteacher of Cator Park Meryl Davies said: “The consultation we held prior to our decision was extremely well participated in by students, staff, parents and the wider Beckenham community and I am certain that this outcome is the right one for our school.”

Kelsey Park headteacher Brian Lloyd said: “Our governors overwhelmingly agreed that the Harris Federation would be the group best able to support us in achieving our aspirations and ambitions.

“We are now looking forward as a school to a happy, successful and secure future.”

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9:29pm Mon 21 Feb 11

Reg Adams says...

I applaud the decision of the school governors at KPSC and at CPSG. And I'm glad so many people took the time to take part in the consultation surveys. The Harris Federation obviously has an impressive track-record in raising academic and social behaviour standards at schools like Sylvan (now Harris Crystal Palace) and StanleyTech (now Harris South Norwood). I am sure Harris will do the same for KPSC and CPSG, building on the platform of a great deal of pride in their schools on the part of many pupils. The LibDem & Conservative Coalition Government's Academies Act, passed into law last July, made it easier for secondary schools to convert to academy status. And that's what has been happening at most schools right across the Borough of Bromley. But it might never have happened here without the determination of the Harris-into-Beckenha
m Campaign Group. Also, Jon Clarke's website played a vital role in stimulating free and open debate on this issue. And to think that some folk wanted to shut them up (or shut them down) for creating such a disturbance of the status quo! My very best wishes for the future success of all the staff and students involved in the Harris Federation and their two new Academies, REG.
I applaud the decision of the school governors at KPSC and at CPSG. And I'm glad so many people took the time to take part in the consultation surveys. The Harris Federation obviously has an impressive track-record in raising academic and social behaviour standards at schools like Sylvan (now Harris Crystal Palace) and StanleyTech (now Harris South Norwood). I am sure Harris will do the same for KPSC and CPSG, building on the platform of a great deal of pride in their schools on the part of many pupils. The LibDem & Conservative Coalition Government's Academies Act, passed into law last July, made it easier for secondary schools to convert to academy status. And that's what has been happening at most schools right across the Borough of Bromley. But it might never have happened here without the determination of the Harris-into-Beckenha m Campaign Group. Also, Jon Clarke's website played a vital role in stimulating free and open debate on this issue. And to think that some folk wanted to shut them up (or shut them down) for creating such a disturbance of the status quo! My very best wishes for the future success of all the staff and students involved in the Harris Federation and their two new Academies, REG. Reg Adams

12:04pm Tue 22 Feb 11

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Many thanks Cllr, lots of dicsussions on this and other local academy education info at http://www.beckenham
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Many thanks Cllr, lots of dicsussions on this and other local academy education info at http://www.beckenham town.us/forum/catego ries/education-schoo ls-courses/listForCa tegory BeckenhamTown.us

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