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What is an Academy?
An academy is a publicly funded independant state school which strives to provide a first class free education for all its pupils.
It aims to provide a teaching and learning environment that is in line with the best in the maintained (local authority) sector and offer a broad and balanced curriculum to students of all abilities.
The academy for Oak Trees is no longer maintained by the local authority, but receives the strength and support of the AET group of academies, together with a wide range of AET services, such as Finance, Human Resources, Premises and Facilities Management, Curriculum Support and Professional Development for teaching and non-teaching staff.
Academies are funded at the same level as other schools, but the AET has far lower costs than the local authority and this frees up money which can be spent where it is most needed - in the classroom. They have greater flexibility than other maintained schools in the curriculum they provide and in school organisation.
Academies are inspected by Ofsted in the same way as maintained schools.