An all-girls independent school has announced that it wants to join the state sector as an academy. Colston's Girls' school in Bristol which hopes to become an academy next year, will become the third private school to make the same switch.
William Hulme grammar school in Manchester and Belvedere school in Liverpool will become academies this September. The plan for Colston's has been put forward by the school's trustees and owners, the Merchant Venturers, which is already sponsoring an academy in Bristol.
They said they would contribute pound;1 million to the new school, which would cater for 525 girls between the age 11-16, plus a sixth form.