Number of academies rises

Latest figures released today show a sharp rise in the number of poorly performing schools in the South being turned into academies. Our correspondent Christine Alsford has an exclusive interview with the education secretary Michael Gove.

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The academy effect

A year ago Heyworth Primary School in Hayward's Heath in West Sussex was ordered to become an academy. A local secondary school was brought in to help as a sponsor. A year on - exam results are up and applications for the school have increased by more than 30 per cent.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford went to visit. She spoke to Steve Davis, the headteacher of the newly named Warden Park Primary Academy, the chief executive of the sponsoring Warden Park Academy Trust, Steve Johnson - and the proud pupils.

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