Ravenstone Primary School has announced it will become an academy,

Last year concerns were raised by parents at the school of this very thing happening.

The school was criticised in May 2019 for only carrying out a six-week consultation, when parents felt like a longer timeframe was necessary.

But now the school has announced that it will be joining the Wandle Learning Trust.

Rebecca Huggins, chairwoman of the Ravenstone board of governors, said: “Ravenstone is a great school with a warm community of talented staff and wonderful children and families.

"We believe that joining the Wandle Learning Trust will add huge potential to our school and will allow us to work more closely with excellent local schools to achieve our vision of every child that comes to Ravenstone reaching their potential.”

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In a letter to parents announcing the decision, Headteacher Joe Croft and the Ravenstone Governors said the change would mean more long-term improvements in teaching and leadership for the school’s 412 children.

She said: “Joining the Wandle Learning Trust is a fantastic opportunity for Ravenstone.

"By formalising our partnership with other great schools, we will continue to develop brilliant opportunities for the children and staff within our school.

"I am excited about what the future will bring and what we can learn together while leading the schools we care so much about.”

The final decision to join Wandle Learning Trust was made at a meeting on Monday, February 10.

After completing the legal process of joining the Wandle Learning Trust – which is expected to formally happen by July 2020 – Ravenstone will said it will continue to work closely with Wandsworth Council.