Education Minister Michael Gove has stated that “academies are doing better than other schools” after a visit to Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton.
Mr Gove was shown round the secondary school, sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), today by Conservative MPO for North Michael Ellis as well as executive principal Toby Mullins and trust chief executive Wendy Marshall.
The Education Minister talked to pupils at the school in Trinity Avenue and observed a maths lesson.
Mr Gove said he was very impressed with the facilities at the school, the standard of teaching and the behaviour of the pupils.
All secondary schools in Northampton are now academies and Mr Gove said he expected more schools to become academies, either sponsored like Malcolm Arnold or in their own right such as Northampton School for Boys.
He said: “Academies are doing better than other schools and more likely to be good or outstanding.
“They are more likely to be able to generate good results at GCSE level.
“The great thing about Malcolm Arnold academy is it has the backing of the local community, it has the backing of a local philanthropist David Ross and the backing of a brilliant local MP Michael Ellis.
“The community is totally behind a new development in education and helping to raise the standard of education for children who, in the past, did not get that.”
Mr Gove said he hoped that talks with the teaching unions would come to a “happy conclusion”.
He said: “The majority of the unions did not go out on strike last time and the NASUWT said a strike would be counter-productive.
“I hope that talks continue and reach a happy conclusion.”
Mr Gove, who was 30 minutes late for his visit to Malcolm Arnold went on to look round Brooke Weston Academy in Corby.
The Education Minister apologised for his lateness and joked that he was going to “put himself in detention” as he said timekeeping was very important.
Mr Ellis said it was a special privilege to have the secretary of state in town and show him the impressive facilities at Malcolm Arnold Academy