I have received a letter from my colleague the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, that she has agreed to enter into a funding agreement to allow Cheam Common Junior School to become an academy.

I am pleased that the school has taken up this opportunity and I will be working with the the Department for Education and the school to ensure a smooth transition.

Please find the text of the Secretary of State’s letter below.

“I am pleased to tell you that I have agreed to enter into a Funding Agreement to allow Cheam Common Junior School, in Sutton London Borough Council, to convert into an academy.

As you know, academies form an integral part of the Government’s education policy to raise attainment for all children and to bring about sustained improvements to all schools, and I am delighted that Cheam Common Junior School recognises the benefits academy status will bring.

The date of conversion will be 1 January 2016 and I am also writing to the local authority to instruct them to cease to maintain Cheam Common Junior School from that date.