BISHOP Heber High in Malpas has become a foundation school with charitable status.
On Monday, following the five-stage consultation period, governors voted to change the school’s category from community status to foundation status.
Since 2001, more than 1,000 schools have changed to foundation schools.
Headteacher David Curry said: “This is an exciting development for our school and its community.
“Our foundation status will support us to offer the best education for all our students.”
The status will lead to the following for Bishop Heber:
More autonomy from Cheshire County Council.
The school manages its own admissions policy.
Governors become responsible for the payroll and take on land and assets.
The school has increased access to different funding schemes.
Also this week, Heber students presented a cheque for £1000 to CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids), one of their nominated charities last year.
The other two were Spinal Injuries and The Rainforest Foundation and the total amount raised in 2008 was almost £8000.
Fundraising events included non-uniform days, a sixth form revue, discos and many individual form enterprise activities such as cake sales.
Each year student council representatives nominate three charities which they will support throughout the year. The 2009 charities are Spinal Injuries, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Water Aid.
Sheila Sides, volunteer ambassador for CHICKS commented: “I know how much time and effort is required in fundraising and I would like to thank everyone involved very much. I can assure you that this money really will make a difference to the disadvantaged children that CHICKS helps.”