Government’s green light for Academy status for Queen Elizabeth’s

The Secretary of State has approved in principle Queen Elizabeth’s School’s application to become an Academy.

In a letter to the Chairman of Governors, Barrie Martin, Education Secretary Michael Gove wrote: “I am delighted to confirm that I am content in principle to agree to the conversion of Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet to an Academy.”

The change to Academy status remains subject to the Academies Bill (which is still progressing through Parliament) gaining Parliamentary approval and Royal Assent.

In a note to all QE staff informing them of the Secretary of State’s decision, the Headmaster, Dr John Marincowitz, wrote: “The Governors’ committee and School’s solicitors will now set up the requisite Academy Trust and negotiate the fine detail of the Funding Agreement. Provided all is concluded to our satisfaction, the target date for conversion remains 1st September [2010].”

The application for Academy status has been unanimously supported by the Governing Body.

Further information from the Department for Education about Academies can be accessed here.

Those wishing to comment on the School’s plans may email