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By Julie Smartfreelance education writer

We visit one of the first primary schools in the country to become an academy, to find out why they took the plunge

Premier Academy children

In September 2010, Eaton Mill Primary School in Bletchley reopened its doors as The Premier Academy. With more than 400 children on roll, it is the fastest growing primary school in Milton Keynes, with plans to be even bigger.

Headteacher, Warren Harrison, was frustrated when the local authority wouldn’t allow them to expand.

‘They said it would put other schools in the area into financial difficulties,’ he explains. ‘That’s a no-brainer for me, because the best of the other schools is satisfactory. Yet, here we are, in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, with good results and high standards. We want our children to achieve.’

He campaigned, supported by the local secondary school Head, to increase their intake, but the local authority refused.

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  1. Selena Gomez
    on 22 February 2012

    In a League Of Its Own

    i think this school sounds smashing. I support it and agree that the Local Authority was terribly wrong in not supporting the school. I would to donate £1000000 to this school to help it grow and to improve. I wish The Premier Academy the best of luck. But Warren I dont think jokes are your thing. I want to adopt TPA!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  2. connor wright
    on 21 September 2011

    i wish

    i used to go to this school i wish it had made the upgrades when i was still there

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