GOVERNORS have chosen to press ahead with plans to turn Tarporley High School into an academy.

Following a 16-week consultation period, the Eaton Road school’s governing body met last week to make their decision.

They opted in favour of submitting an application to the Secretary of State for Education to become a ‘converter academy’, which is an independent, state-funded secondary school.

If Tarporley gets the go-ahead it will become the third Chester high school to convert to academy status, joining both Christleton and Bishops Bluecoat.

In a statement posted on the school website, headteacher Sarah Lee said the governors’ decision was reached after ‘very careful and serious consideration’.

She added: “Their priority is for Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College to continue to be a popular and successful school, welcoming all of the children in its community and providing an outstanding education that meets the needs and aspirations of every child and young person.

“The governing body is convinced that as an academy, the school will be best placed to fulfil this vision and to respond to future opportunities and challenges.

“The school will be in discussion with the Department for Education regarding the official date when the change could be made, with the governing body’s preference being the summer term.

“I will write to all parents when more information on the date of conversion is available.”

Meanwhile, due to its successful exam results Tarporley High School will not be inspected by Ofsted any earlier than summer next year.

Miss Lee said: “It is now the case that schools that are performing well will be inspected less often than other schools.

“I am delighted that the superb achievements of our students have been recognised in this way.”