Being an Academy
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. Academies were first set up under Tony Blair’s Labour government, with the aim of raising standards in under-performing schools in disadvantaged areas. However, the coalition government extended the programme in 2010 to allow good and outstanding state schools to convert to academy status. There were nearly 2,500 academies in England in November 2012. Some of the most successful schools in Suffolk, such as Thomas Mills in Framlingham and Debenham High School, are now academies.
Holbrook High School converted to academy status in August 2011. Governors believed more independence from the County Council would lead to stronger ties with the local community and a school better suited to our particular needs.
Please click on the link below for a copy of the Funding Agreement and Articles of Association.
Annual Accounts for the Academy can be found here:-