Headteachers discuss the benefits academy status has brought to their schools.
Dame Yasmin Bevan is the headteacher of Denbigh High School in Luton, an outstanding secondary school that converted to academy status on 1 November 2010. Denbigh High School is in a soft federation with Challney High School for Boys and Community College, a foundation secondary. Dame Yasmin Bevan is executive principal across both schools; she became a National Leader of Education in 2009.
Peter Barnes is the headteacher of Oakgrove Secondary School in Milton Keynes. It has received an Academy Order and hopes to convert on 1 February 2011. It was judged outstanding by Ofsted in June 2010.
John Atkins is chief executive of the Kemnal Academies Trust, which is a multi-academy trust that currently oversees seven secondary schools – three of which are already academies – with four more planning to become academies. Of the three academies already open, one is rated outstanding by Ofsted (Kemnal Technology College) while the other two are rated satisfactory (Orchards Academy and King Harold).