One big topic this week is why independent schools are involved (or not) with academies.  The TES cover and main feature explores this question, but it’s all a bit sceptical.  There are extensive quotes from Robin Dyer, no.2 at Wellington College and myself on the tie up between the two Wellingtons.

Our academy is memorably described by reporter Richard Vaughan – who hasn’t been here – as looking more like a small provincial airport than a school.  I’m actually quite happy with that, although I’m not sure he meant it as a compliment.  We’ve also got some very cute bus stops – and you won’t see anything like that if you’re flying from Bournemouth, as far as I remember.

TES paper 7th October 2011