Welcome to the website of the Bicester Learning Academy (BLA). Formed on 1st July 2014. Bicester Learning Academy is a multi academy trust currently comprising The Cooper School and Glory Farm Primary School and is registered at Companies House as a private limited company, Company Number 9053713. The academy is run by a board of members supported by a board of directors. Both schools operate as a separate entity, retaining its own identity, uniform and ways of working. The academy is independent of the Local Authority (LA) and is funded directly by central government. It has greater freedom to make decisions that reflect its particular circumstances and ethos. It receives more money than LA schools, but there is more for which it has to pay for. The ambitions for the schools remain high: that we should provide to all our students/pupils a first-class and improving education that enables them, in all aspects of their lives, to make the progress and achieve the standards that reflect their full ability. This reflects our ethos as schools which serve its community and will not alter by becoming an academy. As an academy we have the freedom to • Adopt our own admissions policy • Adopt our own curriculum • Change the school day • Change the school year That said we would like to immediately assure you that The Bicester Learning Academy has no intention of breaking away from the norm in respect of any of the above. The conversion of The Cooper School and neighbouring Glory Farm Primary School to academy status took place on 1st July, to become Bicester Learning Academy. The academy has been registered at Companies House as a charitable company limited by guarantee. ‘Our vision for our pupils and students remains the same – to offer every child regardless of background the opportunity to learn to the best of their ability.’ Ben Baxter, Headteacher at The Cooper School. ‘Bicester is a town which is growing rapidly and it is important that education grows at the same pace making optimum use of today’s, and tomorrow’s, technology‘. Ian Elkington, Headteacher at Glory Farm Primary school Our two schools already benefit from a strong partnership and we will use this opportunity to increase impetus in striving to gain even higher standards of pupil/student achievement and additional funding, previously retained by the Local Authority will allow our academy the freedom to develop new and improved technologies. We will of course continue to work with local schools, primary and secondary, as we have in the past. It is about working together for the greater good of the young people in Bicester, both present and future. Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority. They have more freedom than other state schools over their finances, curriculum, length of terms and school days and do not need to follow national pay and conditions for teachers.