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Four schools in Portland to come together as one academy

Four schools to be merged into an academy Photo: ITV West Country

Traditional primary and secondary schools on Portland in Dorset are being replaced with an academy. It'll take pupils aged from 4 to 19 years old. The academy will be funded directly by central Government.

All but one of the state schools on Portland are joining together from this September. One infant school, two primary schools and one secondary school are involved. The team behind the project say they hope it will transform education on the island.

We've looked at all of the schools on the island and all of them have either good or outstanding leadership. We're very proud of what we've done with all of the schools on the island."

– Paul Green, Headteacher at the Royal Manor Arts College

"They've been very successful, but the outcomes for the children have not been as good as we might like. We want outstanding outcomes for all of the children. And to give them the very best opportunity we have to provide better resources."

– Paul Green, Headteacher at the Royal Manor Arts College

Teaching will continue at the schools' current sites for a year. but in September 2013, the Academy will move in to new facilities at the Southwell Business Park and a new school being built at Osprey Quay.

The Government has agreed £15 million funding.. The academy will be funded directly from central government and not the Local Education Authority.