Secondary schools across Richmond are looking for help deciding whether to break away from tradition and become self-controlled academies instead of council-led schools.

Three schools in the borough have already made the switch; becoming Twickenham, Hampton and Richmond academies, and the area’s remaining five secondary schools are now contemplating their own futures.

“In Richmond, the council is encouraging schools to convert, and is transforming itself to take advantage of similar freedoms. It is therefore right that we explore whether to convert, and whether it would help ensure increasing success for our students in the future.”

All five remaining council-led schools are undergoing consultation with parents, staff and governors about whether to convert to academies.

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