Excellent news today that Beckenham girls school Cator Park has revealed it intends to become an academy, with Harris its possible priority as it already has ties with the education specialist. Reports in the NewsShopper today (which i'l edit in here once back on pc - as I'm writing this on the train on my phone) suggest that the Head of Cator Park has written to Bromley Council with her and the school's governors intentions to hold a public consultation and move forward as quickly as possible.
When we attended their open day a month or so a go, the Head left an open question in the air as to what parents thought about Harris involvement and academies and I was very impressed with how she has turned Cator round and sees the big picture and that funding and ethos of academies like Harris can transform not only schools, but parents attitude and desires to make a school the best and their first choice on the CAF form.
So while Kelsey Park Sports College drags its feet, Bromley Council collude with other Bromley borough schools to try and maintain a status quo, that keeps them happy, but not thousands of Beckenham parents who so need top performing schools in their part of the borough, Cator Park School for Girls has been brave and bold. I wish them well and hope Harris is chosen and it's all done and dusted in less than a year. It was not our first choice, but it is our closest school. If it was a Harris Academy that would change.
More details to follow...