Head of top boys’ school will help failing primary to become academy

The headmaster of a top independent school is to lead the conversion of a struggling state primary to an academy.

David Levin, headmaster of City of London School for boys, will become chairman of governors at Bentworth Academy in Hammersmith, West London, from September.

Old boys from his school will serve as governors and academy pupils will have access to City of London School’s laboratories and facilities, mentors and specialist science teaching.

Bentworth will be run by an existing academy sponsor, Ark Schools, and its partnership will be with the headmaster of City of London School in a personal capacity. His school will not be a formal academy sponsor.

Mr Levin told The Times that it might be more attractive for independent schools to focus on supporting academic improvement in partnership with another academy sponsor.

“Full sponsorship is difficult and complicated and risks reputational damage, sharing back office functions and assuming responsibility for support staff pension deficits. This is the best of both worlds,” he said.

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