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please excuse my ignorance, but what is an academy?

(9 Posts)
stitch Tue 16-Sep-08 18:19:01

i thought they were just bigger secondary schools. rather like the term technology college a few years ago. what makes them special?

Lomond Tue 16-Sep-08 18:20:27

I don't think there is anything special about them. Most of the schools sround here are called academys but they are just regular secondary schools.

iamdingdong Tue 16-Sep-08 18:22:48

they are privately sponsored, state funded secondaries and usually but not always in tough area. Alot of former CTCs have become academies info here

stitch Tue 16-Sep-08 18:24:19

thank you.
just window dressing then.

Milliways Tue 16-Sep-08 18:24:40

Around here, it is what they rename the sink schools that "close down" then re-open with a new name & private sponsor.

tamarto Tue 16-Sep-08 18:25:19

I think that only applies to england though, we have an academy and it isn't any of that.

southeastastra Tue 16-Sep-08 18:25:47

all i really know is that they're nicking all the best headteachers

Lomond Tue 16-Sep-08 18:31:55

I'm in Scotland and they are not privately sponsored around here, but then it is a bit rough lol

mcfee Tue 16-Sep-08 18:35:42

I'm in Scotland and Academies used to be the schools which taught Latin. Not sure if any still do but don't know of any which changed their name.

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