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28 June 2010, 15:48 | Updated: 28 June 2010, 16:33
19 schools and colleges in Dorset judged outstanding by Ofsted have registered an interest in becoming Academies.
It would mean they are no longer controlled by the local authority and will get funding straight from the government.
These are the schools that want to change:
Allenbourn Middle School, Dorset.
Bridport Primary School, Poole.
Corfe Hills School, Poole.
Courthill First School, Poole.
Cranborne Middle School, Dorset.
Damers First School, Dorset.
Emmanuel Middle Church of England Voluntary, Dorset.
Hampreston Church of England Voluntary Aided First School, Dorset.
Loders CE VC primary School, Dorset.
Lytchett Matravers Primary School, Dorset.
Lytchett Minister School, Dorset.
Manor Park Church of England First School, Dorset.
Mudeford Community Infants' School, Dorset.
Muscliff Primary School, Bournemouth.
Parkstone Grammar School, Poole.
St Osmund's C of E Middle, Dorset.
The Thomas Hardye School, Dorset.
Twynham School, Dorset.
Verwood CE First School, Dorset.
The schools expressed interest following an invitation from Education Secretary Michael Gove last month encouraging Dorset schools to apply for academy status.