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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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New academy opens at Washington

The Duchess visiting children at Holley Park Primary School Credit: ITV

Holley Park Primary School in Washington has officially become the town's first academy.

The school's conversion into an academy follows an announcement from the government of plans to improve some of the country's weakest primary schools by turning them into academies.

The school hopes that the move to academy status will give it more autonomy and control over its own affairs, and greater control over its budget.

The primary school in Washington is one of the first in the region to reopen as an academy Credit: ITV

The Duchess of Northumberland was given a tour of the school and then listened to the school choir sing, before finally cutting the red ribbon to symbolise the reopening of the school as an academy.

The Duchess of Northumberland cut the ribbon to signify the reopening of the school as an academy Credit: ITV

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