The conversion of Putteridge High School to a Barnfield Federation academy is still on track despite the process being delayed.
The school in Putteridge Road was expected to become Barnfield East Academy over the summer, but the process has been slowed down while the Department for Education reviews academy conversions across the country.
Putteridge High School is already graded “good” by Ofsted and chose to convert to a Barnfield Academy “to take advantage of the benefits of being part of a federation”.
A Barnfield Federation spokesman said: “The conversion has been delayed due to a review by Lord Nash at the Department for Education who looks at the viability of all converting academies.
“As part of this process, the business plan outlining how the Federation will manage the Academy post conversion, the strategies it has in place to enhance learner numbers and how it will manage the development of long term building improvements for the school is awaiting approval.
“Barnfield is now working with the Department for Education, with a view to targeting a December conversion. We look forward to welcoming Barnfield East Academy into the Barnfield Federation family.”
The Federation already includes Barnfield College, Barnfield South and West Academies, Barnfield Moorlands Free School, Barnfield Vale Academy and Barnfield Skills Academy in Luton.
In Dunstable, the Barnfield Federation this week withdrew sponsorship for Brewers Hill Middle School due to disagreements over creating space to rebuild the school, which delayed the conversion process and led to the school being behind in the age range changes applied across town.
Barnfield CEO Helen Mayhew said: “Over the past 18 months we have worked alongside the headteacher, the local authority and the Department for Education to try to build another thriving and vibrant Barnfield school in Dunstable and we are very disappointed that this ambition cannot be realised in this instance.”
Other schools currently in the process of converting to Barnfield academies in the area are Barnfield Kingsbury Academy (previously St George’s Lower School in Leighton Buzzard), and Barnfield Sandy Academy (previously Sandy Upper School).
Federation founder Sir Peter Birkett resigned in July this year after eight years in the role.