Washington receives its first academy

The Duchess of Northumberland is opening Washington's first academy at Holley Park Primary School. It comes hours after the government announced plans to improve some of the country's weakest primary schools by turning them into academies.

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Duchess approval for Washington academy

The conversion of a Washington primary school into an academy has received approval from a duchess today.

The Duchess of Northumberland was at the Holley Park Primary School in Washington, which hopes becoming an academy will give it more control over its own affairs, and over its budget.

The Duchess was given a tour of the school and listened to the choir, before cutting a ribbon to symbolise the reopening of the school.

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