A LONDON based Academy Trust is set to take over the running of Royton and Crompton School.
E-ACT, who also oversee Oldham Academy North and Blackley Academy, have been chosen following the school’s “inadequate” Ofsted inspection 12 months ago.
As a result, the Secretary of State for Education issued an academy order for the Blackshaw Lane school in line with national government policy.
In a letter to parents and pupils headmaster Neil Hutchison said: “We welcome this move, as it will give us access to a wide range of support and resources to assist with our rapid improvement.
“We are at the stage of due diligence with EACT, where they ensure we are a viable school financially, and that all the legal aspects of the school including contracts, the site, and the buildings are fit for purpose.
“The targeted date for transfer is September 1, 2018.”
A visit from the E-ACT Executive was taking place as the Correspondent went to press.
They were expected to tour the site, including the new build site, meet with the Interim Executive Board and hold a a presentation for staff and students.
Mr Hutchison added: “We wish to give you early notice that the first week of the new school year, September 3-7, is proposed to be kept for staff training only.
“The first school day for students will be September 10, 2018.
“This is of course conditional on the transfer taking place, but is intended to give you advanced warning to allow you to plan for this. We will keep you informed as we proceed.”
Building work for a new school on the current site continues at a fast pace .
“We are still on target for completion in May next year with the move-in due in September 2019,” added Mr Hutchison.
“The demolition of the existing buildings is programmed for the summer holiday to avoid these works affecting the normal running of the school.”